‘Sexual predator’ accused of targeting woman outside uptown library, sexually assaulting her

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man CMPD calls a “sexual predator” has been arrested and is expected to face a judge Wednesday morning.

Officers arrested Albeno Maywal Tuesday and charged him with rape, sex offense and assault by strangulation.

CMPD said last month, he targeted a woman right outside the library along North Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte, promising her a warm place.

Maywal is a limo driver and police said he picked up the 45-year-old victim on Dec. 23 near the library and took her to another place along North Tryon Street.

Then, Maywal assaulted and raped her in the limo, according to CMPD. One of the warrants obtained by Channel 9 said Waywal assaulted the victim by "burning her with a heating element attached to a propane tank.

It caused “serious burns to her legs and buttocks, mental and emotional distress requiring hospitalization.”

The victim reported the crime to police two days after Christmas and investigators said they found the limo and evidence.

State records show Maywal used to operate a company called American Dream Limousine Transportation off Wilmore Drive, but it dissolved last June.

Neighbors who spoke to Channel 9 in the Historic Wilmore said they have been raising concerns about Maywal for more than a decade.

“There were limousines, there were buses,” a representative of the Historic Wilmore Neighborhood Association said. “I think it was a matter of this business, which morphed to pretty much serve to what he felt it could. There was some prostitution, I believe abuse, and also drug deals going on through the front of the business he was running.”

The homeowner said his neighbors raised concerns about the negative impact Maywal was having on the growing neighborhood. Not only did Maywal operate a business in Wilmore, he lived there as well.

“When we see someone be able to commit these crimes, and be taken away, and back on their front porch before lunch the next day,” the representative said. “You really begin to question the legal process is and how it is protecting victims.”

We checked and found Maywal had been arrested in Mecklenburg County eight times in the last two years on various charges.

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