Riders on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train reportedly watched and did nothing as a man ripped the clothes off a woman and raped her Wednesday night.
A SEPTA employee noticed the attack and called police, who met the train at the 69th Street Transportation Center and arrested Fiston M. Ngoy, 35, WPVI reported.
SEPTA and Upper Darby Township Police investigators said a surveillance camera on the train captured the assault.
Police said Ngoy first sat next to the woman and tried to touch her. The woman pushed him away several times, before he pushed her down, ripped her clothes off, and sexual assaulted her, police said.
The assault went on for eight minutes, investigators said, and no other riders tried to stop the attack or call police. Some may even have videoed the rape themselves, police said.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Tim Bernhardt said the woman went into shock and was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for her injuries.
“The victim, I spoke with her this afternoon,” Bernhardt said. “She is an unbelievably strong woman. She came forward, she provided a lot of information, and she’s on the mend.”
Bernhardt said viewing the surveillance footage was shocking.
“It’s disturbing that there were definitely people on the [train] and no one did anything to intervene or help this woman,” he said, according to WCAU.
Ngoy has been charged with rape, indecent assault, sexual assault, and other related charges, Bernhardt said.
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