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Date: Apr 23, 2020

Detectives are searching for additional victims after charging a man with numerous sexual offenses, including second degree rape.

Booking photo of Albert Chang PealAlbert Chang Peal (52) of the 9000 block of Naygall Road, 21234, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday after a lengthy investigation. The charges, including various degrees of rape, sex offense, and videoing without permission, stemmed from an incident reported on March 5. The ensuing investigation has led detectives to believe that there are additional women who have been victimized by Peal, and they hope those women will reach out to detectives with information.

The victim in this case was acquainted with Peal, as she was an employee at an establishment he frequents. Peal offered to drive the victim home after she'd been drinking at a local nightclub. Instead, he drove her to his home in Parkville where he took advantage of her level of intoxication, recording the incident unbeknownst to the victim. The victim later reported the incident to police.

The investigation led to the discovery of a second victim that detectives contacted on April 2. This woman was also sexually assaulted by Peal under a similar set of circumstances, but had not reported the incident.

The Baltimore County Police Special Victims Unit is asking anyone who may have had a similar encounter with Peal, or knows of a similar incident that he may have been involved in, to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, reach out for help. You can call the police non-emergency line at 410-887-2222 or contact any one of these resources:

Peal is charged with the following sexual offenses:

  • Two counts of second degree rape
  • Two counts of third degree sex offense
  • Two counts of fourth degree sex offense
  • Visual surveillance - private area
  • Private place - prurient intent

Initially held on no bail status, Peal was released yesterday on his own recognizance following a bail review hearing.

Update, April 23:

Baltimore County Property Management has completed the maintenance work at the Catonsville Fire Station. Crews returned to the station at 756 Frederick Rd. earlier this week.

BCoFD thanks the Department of Aging for allowing Catonsville personnel and apparatus to operate from its facility while the repairs and improvements were in progress.

Update, March 19:

Personnel and apparatus from the Catonsville Fire Station were relocated to the Catonville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Rd., at 9 a.m. this morning. 

Repairs to the Catonsville station at 756 Frederick Rd. are taking longer than anticipated. Monitoring at the station continues under protocols set by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The senior center has been vacated due to concerns about COVID-19. 

Update, March 16:

The return of personnel and apparatus to the Catonsville station has been delayed by several days because repairs to the basement floor and surrounding area took longer than expected. Crews and apparatus are scheduled to return to the home station by the end of the week.

Update, March 13:

Catonsville personnel are scheduled to return to their home station this weekend, barring unforeseen complications to the repair and remediation process.

Baltimore County Property Management and the Maryland Department of the Environment, which have overseen cleanup and investigation since the problem emerged last week, report that the mitigation has been successful. MDE has advised that BCoFD personnel may return to the Catonsville station.

Per MDE requirements, monitoring will continue on a regular basis for the foreseeable future, with results submitted to MDE.

Update, March 9:

Relocation of personnel and apparatus assigned to the Catonsville Fire Station continues as BCoFD, Baltimore County Property Management and the Maryland Department of the Environment investigate maintenance issues at the station.

All Catonsville apparatus are operating as usual. Engine 4 and Medic 4 are operating out of Westview Station #13, and Engine 41 is operating out of Halethorpe Station #5.

Mitigation of the contaminated material is ongoing; the material has not been entirely removed, as officials believed Friday.

Original release:

Personnel and apparatus at the Catonsville Fire Station have been relocated due to a maintenance issue.

The station's two engines, a brush unit and a medic unit and all station personnel have been moved to nearby stations and are operating as usual.

Several days ago, station personnel noticed staining of the concrete in the basement of the station, located at 756 Frederick Rd., 21228, and notified Baltimore County Property Management. Yesterday morning, Property Management officials cut through the floor of the mechanical room at the basement level to investigate and found an unidentified petroleum substance coming up through the floor. In the afternoon, station personnel noticed an odor of gas. BCoFD hazmat units responded; they confirmed the odor but their meters did not detect unsafe conditions. Property Management was notified once again and called in an industrial hygienist to conduct testing. The Maryland Department of the Environment also was dispatched.

The petroleum substance -- whose source is unclear at this time -- has been removed. The industrial hygienist will continue testing for chemicals as required by MDE protocols. The building has been ventilated, and air scrubbers are in place as a precautionary measure. 

Chief Joanne Rund authorized the relocation of station personnel and apparatus Thursday evening. The relocation will continue pending additional monitoring by Property Management, in cooperation with MDE, to ensure the safety of Fire personnel.

Revised June 27, 2017