A woman was raped by a stranger on a suburban train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other passengers who, according to a police official, “should have done something”.
Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said officers were called to the 69th Street terminal around 10 p.m. Wednesday after the assault on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford line.
A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority employee who was near the train crossing called police to report that “something was wrong” with a woman on the train, Bernhardt said.
SEPTA police who were waiting at the next stop found the woman and arrested a man. The woman was taken to hospital.
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Bernhardt called the victim an “incredibly strong woman” who provided extensive information to the police. She did not know her attacker, he said.
“She’s on the mend,” Bernhardt said. “I hope she gets through this. “
The entire episode was captured on surveillance video that showed other people on the train at the time, Bernhardt said.
“There were a lot of people, in my opinion, who should have intervened; someone should have done something, ”Bernhardt said. “It indicates where we are in the company. I mean, who would allow something like this to happen? It is therefore disturbing. “
Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault and related charges, Delaware County court records show. Bernhardt said SEPTA and Upper Darby Police know Ngoy.
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The court documents do not mention a defense lawyer and no number of Ngoy could be found on Saturday.
SEPTA issued a statement calling it a “horrific criminal act” and urging all who witnessed it to report it to authorities.
“There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and he may have been arrested earlier if a passenger called 911,” the authority said.