“Scary”: Woman raped on Philadelphia train while spectators did nothing, police say – National

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A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in the suburbs Philadelphia in the presence of other riders as a police officer said “should have done something”.

Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said police were called to the 69th Street terminal at 10pm on Wednesday after the attack on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line.

An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was nearby when the train passed called police to report that “something was wrong” with a woman on board the train, Bernhardt said.

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The SEPTA police 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 the police with a lot of information. She did not know her attacker, he said.

“She’s getting better,” Bernhardt said. “Hopefully she’s going to make it.”

The entire episode was captured on surveillance video showing other people on the train at the time, Bernhardt said.

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“There were many people, in my opinion, who should have intervened; someone should have done something, ”said Bernhardt. “It talks about where we are in society; I mean, who would let something like that happen? So it’s worrying. ”

Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been charged with rape, aggravated assault and related information, according to the Delaware County Courts. Bernhardt said he is known to both the SEPTA and Upper Darby police.

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Legal documents do not list a defense attorney, and a listed number for him could not be found on Saturday.

SEPTA issued a statement calling it a “terrible criminal act” and urged anyone who witnessed such a thing to report it to the authorities.

“There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped earlier if a rider called 911,” the authority said.

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