A reportedly homeless man raped a woman this week on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in full view of other passengers –who cops said didn’t lift a finger to help, or even dial 911.
The attack at around 10 p.m. Wednesday was captured on surveillance video that showed other people in the train car, according to Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department.
“Were they watching? I don’t know. Again, we’re still going through the video but there was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should’ve intervened. Somebody should’ve done something.,” Bernhardt said, Philadelphia’s CBS-3 reported.
“It speaks to where we are in society; I mean, who would allow something like that to take place? So it’s troubling.”
Bernhardt said it was a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority employee who called the cops to report that “something wasn’t right” with a woman aboard the train.
SEPTA police waiting at the next stop were able to “apprehend the suspect in the act,” an agency spokesman said in a statement, according to NBC-10 Philadelphia.
They arrested Fiston Ngoy, 35, who is believed to be homeless, the station reported.
Ngoy was charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault and related counts, police said.
He remains behind bars in lieu of 10% of $180,000 bail, Philadelphia’s ABC-6 reported.
Bernhardt said he is known to both SEPTA and Upper Darby police.
The woman, who did not know her attacker, was taken to a hospital. Bernhardt called her an “unbelievably strong woman” who provided police with a lot of information, The Associated Press reported.
“She’s on the mend,” Bernhardt said. “Hopefully she will get through this.”
SEPTA issued a statement calling the attack a “horrendous criminal act.”
“There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911,” the authority said.