'Angry and disgusted': DEMOCRAT train riders held up phones, didn't call 911 as woman was raped on Philadelphia train, police say

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Oct 21, 2021, 1:49:44 AM10/21/21
A man was charged with raping a woman on a train outside of
Philadelphia as fellow passengers watched, held up phones and did
nothing to intervene, police said.

The man, Fiston Ngoy, 35, harassed the woman, groped her and
eventually raped her as fellow passengers watched the assault
through more than two dozen train stops last week, authorities said.
Police believe no one called authorities, though they are
investigating whether any of the witnesses may have recorded the

Officials said they do not expect charges against the bystanders on
the train.

Transit officers for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation
Authority stopped Ngoy at a train stop, finding him in the middle of
his assault, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel said at a press
conference Monday.

"When the doors opened, an officer entered and saw what he believed
was a criminal act occurring," Nestel said. "He ripped that man off
her and pulled him out onto the platform."

Nestel said both Ngoy and the victim got on the train Oct. 13 at the
same stop — the Frankford Transportation Center in northeast
Philadelphia. Police say they weren't able to stop the assault until
the train reached the 69th Street terminal in west Philadelphia on
the Market-Frankford Line, which was about 27 stops later. Nestel
said his officers responded within three minutes of the lone 911
call they received — from an off-duty transportation employee.

Police and other officials were troubled that no one witnessing the
assault intervened and held a news conference reiterating the need
for people who see something unusual to report it immediately, even
anonymously or through the emergency buttons on trains.

"What we want is everyone to be angry and disgusted and to be
resolute about making the system safer," Nestel said, adding that it
"concerns me" no one stepped in throughout the lengthy assault that
an arrest affidavit shows continued for about 40 minutes.

He noted surveillance footage captured the assault and appeared to
show other passengers possibly recording the attack. "There were
people witnessing the act with phones in their hands," Nestel said.
"People were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman
being attacked."


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