Rape on Philadelphia Train: Train Passengers Watched Woman Attack and Did Nothing, Police Say | US News

A woman was raped on a train in Philadelphia as up to 10 people stood by or perhaps videotaped the incident on their phones instead of dialing 911, police said.

A 35-year-old homeless man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman shortly after 9 p.m. Oct. 13 on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train.

“In fact, up to 10 people saw part of the attack on this biker,” SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III told Philadelphia radio station WPHT.

“We were watching to see if someone put a phone to their ear indicating they could call 911. Instead, we saw people holding their phones as if they were recording or taking pictures.”

SEPTA spokesman John Golden said in a statement: “He might have been arrested sooner if a runner had called 911.”

CCTV footage of the wagon showed the woman trying to fend off an assailant by repeatedly pushing him away as he groped and then raped her, local media reported.

As many as 10 other passengers pointed their cell phones at the assailant, but no one intervened, police said.

One person, a SEPTA employee on leave, finally called the police.

Transport police were quickly brought aboard the train and stopped the assault before arresting the alleged rapist.

“He was on top of our victim and committed the assault when they entered the train,” Nestel said.

Fiston Ngoy faces charges of rape, unintentional deviant sex, sexual assault and other offenses as a result of the attack, local media reported.

He listed a homeless shelter in Philadelphia as his address and was being held on $ 18,000 (£ 13,000) bond.

Local media reported that he was due in court on October 25.

It has also been reported that the alleged perpetrator claims the meeting was consensual, but the woman denies this.

The attack was said to have taken place after the woman got on the wrong train at 9:15 p.m. Ngoy boarded a few minutes later before sitting down next to her.

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