Serial peeping tom suspect arrested
The Baltimore County Police Department arrested Zachary Campbell last week for the incidents of “peeping tom” behavior at CCBC Essex and Towson.
Director of Public Safety Information for Baltimore County Elise Armacost said that the department is pleased that the case has been resolved.
“We are extremely happy to have apprehended this person,” Armacost said. “What he did was more than a prank, it was a violation of people’s privacy.”
Armacost said Campbell was arrested and has been charged with several counts of trespassing/peeping tom in connection with three incidents that occurred at CCBC Essex. The charges indicate he was on probation for similar crimes.
Campbell was apprehended after one of the victims, a 17-year-old girl, spotted him shortly after she caught him spying on her in the ladies’ room at CCBC Essex, Armacost said in an email.
He ran out of the bathroom after she saw him, and shortly thereafter she saw him in a hallway.
Security personnel pursued him as he led them on a chase around the campus, Armacost said, and police were called and apprehended him.
Towson Deputy Chief of Police Joe Herring said the campus police did their job to catch the perpetrator.
“We put out the crime alert and we did our investigation and we gave him a denial of access to the campus,” he said. He also said that though incidents like that don’t occur often, he could see it happening again.
Herring said TUPD was deliberate in taking care of the situation on campus.
“We take it very seriously and we investigate it very aggressively,” he said.
Associate University Librarian Patricia MacDonald said that the library staff took appropriate action when the picture-taking incident occurred last semester.
“Whenever anything like that happens in the library we notify the police and see if we can get any information about [the perpetrator],” she said.
MacDonald said the police followed through when a student reported the incident initially.
“It was horrifying to the student that it happened to,” she said. “Hopefully it won’t happen again.”
Campbell was previously charged June 7, 2011 for a peeping tom incident in University Village, according to the October 23, 2011 issue of The Towerlight.