A female passenger was raped on a Philadelphia commuter train last week as bystanders “did nothing,” Police said.
According to a published report, the woman didn’t know her attacker, but he was known to the police and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
According to Delaware County court records that Inside Edition Digital has obtained, Fiston, Ngoy, 35, was charged with rape and aggravated indecent attack.
Ngoy is currently being held at Delaware County Prison. He has not paid $180,000 bail. According to the criminal docket, his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. with Judge Harry J. Karapalides,
The victim was a suspect who gave the Police a lot of information and was taken to the hospital. Upper Darby Police Department Tim Bernhardt described her as an “unbelievably strong woman” who is “on the mend,” According to the Associated Press,
According to Police, the attack took place on the SEPTA El train at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Upper Darby Police Department officers were dispatched to the 69th Street terminal. CBS News reported.
Andrew Busch was a spokesperson for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The New York Times that a man authorities say is Ngoy sat down next to a woman at about 10 p.m. on a train traveling westbound on the Market-Frankford Line toward the 69th Street Transportation Center.
Ngoy “attempted to touch her a few times,” according to SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch. Busch reported that Ngoy tried to touch the woman, but she pushed back. “Then, unfortunately, he proceeded to rip her clothes off,” According to The New York Times, Busch stated these wordsThe news outlet reported that Ngoy was homeless and not armed at the time of the attack.
The authorities said the assault lasted about eight minutes, and no passengers in the train car intervened, the Times reported.
A SEPTA employee called Police to report that “something wasn’t right” According to the AP, a woman was on board the train. Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt from the Upper Darby Police Department reported this.
According to the spokesperson, “police officer ran onto the train and caught this man in the act and took him into custody,” The New York Times reported.
According to Police, the video showed that other passengers were on the train as well.
“Were they watching? I don’t know,” Bernhardt said so to the AP. “Again, we’re still going through the video, but there were a lot of people, in my opinion, that should’ve intervened. Somebody should’ve done something. It speaks to where we are in society. Who would allow something like that to take place?”
SEPTA released a statement calling it a “horrendous criminal act,” the AP reported.
“There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911,” SEPTA was established.