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UPDATE (August 24, 2020 3:26 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police is releasing the booking photo of a suspect arrested in Towson early Saturday morning after sexually assaulting a woman in the hopes that other possible victims may come forward.

Booking photo of Jarvis Levy BensonJarvis Levy Benson (32) was arrested by responding officers just after 2 a.m. when he was identified as the suspect who followed a woman into an alley as she was walking to her car, grabbed her, and raped her. Benson remains held without bond following a bail review hearing this afternoon.

Police hope that anyone who may recognize Benson as a suspect in any other incident, or who has information on his involvement with any other incident, will contact detectives in the Special Victims Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

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Original Release (August 22, 2020 5:35 p.m.):

Police Arrest Suspect after Rape of Woman in Towson

Detectives made a quick arrest of a suspect in an early morning rape of a woman in Towson today.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning police responded to the unit block of West Pennsylvania Avenue, 21204 for a call of an assault.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect followed a woman down an alley near Pennsylvania Avenue as she walked to her vehicle, then sexually assaulted her behind an area business. The victim was able to break free from her attacker following the assault and ran back to the establishment she'd left to summons help. Responding officers located the suspect on West Pennsylvania Avenue and placed him under arrest after a positive identification.

Jarvis Levy Benson (32) of the 9500 block of John Lock Way, 21117 is charged with second degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense and second degree assault. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Special Victims Unit are continuing the investigation into this incident. Anyone who may have additional information on this incident or any other incident involving this suspect is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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suspect surveillance photoUPDATE (July 27, 2020 12:45 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police arrested Gregory Hightower (67) of the 1600 block of Poplar Grove St., 21216 for sexually assaulting a teenager in Lochearn on June 27.

The investigation determined that at 11:30 p.m. the victim exited the MTA bus in the 1900 block of Woodlawn Dr. Hightower also exited the bus and followed the victim, offering to walk her through the wooded area which is a cut through to Kincheloe Ave.

As they approached the wooded area, Hightower pulled a gun and pointed it at the victim. He then forced the victim on the ground and sexually assaulted her. Hightower threatened to kill the victim before fleeing the scene. 

Investigators received multiple tips from the public that led investigators to identifying Hightower. He is charged with first degree rape, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and firearm use/felony-violent crime. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status pending a bail hearing review.

Original (July 17, 2020 9:27 a.m.):

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Man Who Sexually Assaulted a Teenager in Lochearn

Baltimore County Police seek the public’s help with identifying the suspect responsible for sexually assaulting a teenager in Lochearn on June 27.

Just before midnight, police responded to the 6700 block of Kincheloe Ave., 21207 for a call of a sexual assault. The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and victim were passengers on the same MTA bus.

At 11:30 p.m. on June 27, the victim exited the MTA bus in the 1900 block of Woodlawn Drive near the Woodlawn Memorial Park. The victim advised that she saw the suspect also exit the bus and he began following her. The suspect offered to walk her through the wooded area which is a cut through to Kincheloe Ave.

As they approached the wooded area, the suspect forced the victim on the ground and then sexually assaulted her. The suspect threatened to kill the victim before fleeing the scene. The victim ran to Kincheloe Ave. where she was seen banging on the door of her friend’s house. A neighbor heard the banging and saw the victim disheveled and upset. She assisted the victim and called 911.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 50 - 60-years-old, 5'9 and 200-pounds (pictured here). The suspect mentioned to the victim that he lives not far from the Woodlawn Cemetery and Chapel.

The suspect is believed to have been on MTA buses at the following locations:

-Rogers Station (metro) in the 4300 block of Hayward Avenue, 21215 on June 28 between 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m.

-Woodlawn Cemetery and Chapel in the 2100 block of Woodlawn Drive, 21207 on June 28 between 11:20 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Departments Special Victims Unit are investigating this incident. Anyone who may have additional information on this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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.

 
 
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