Police arrested and charged homeless fishton Ngoy, 35, with rape after a woman was harassed and sexually assaulted in a 40-minute attack on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Septa) train on October 13.
Authorities said passers-by had stood still and “did nothing” while the assault took place, and anyone who recorded it could face charges.
“I am appalled by those who did nothing to help this woman,” said Timothy Bernhardt, the Upper Darby Township Police Department superintendent. New York Times.
Mr Bernhardt said the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether anyone faces charges.
The attack was only stopped when an employee of the transport authority boarded the train and called 911.
A police officer then rushed onto the train and took the suspect into custody.
“What this woman endured at the hands of this guy, what he was able to provide us, is incredible,” he added.
“I can tell you that people were holding their phones in the direction of this attacked woman,” said Thomas J Nestel III, police chief of Septa.
He added: “What we want is for everyone to be angry and disgusted and determined to make the system safer. “
The accused man was arrested and charged with rape and assault, and remains in custody on $ 180,000 bond.