Update 10-21-21: The following account by Upper Darby Police Superintendent Tim Bernhardt, as reported by CBS Philly and other news outlets, is now being refuted by Delaware County Prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer, who claims that people using the SEPTA El train were not necessarily aware of what was taking place. Read more >>
(CBS Philly) — Police in Delaware County arrested a suspect connected to a rape that allegedly happened on a SEPTA El train. Police say the suspect, 35-year-old Fishton Ngoy, is facing rape and several other charges.
Police say a woman reported that she was raped on the inbound El near 69th Street in Upper Darby around 11 o’clock Wednesday night.
Investigators say the sexual attack happened while others were standing around on the train and “did nothing.”
“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. It speaks to where we are in society. Who would allow something like that to take place? So it’s troubling but again, we’re working on that and we’re trying to identify anyone that we saw coming on and off the El at that time,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Tim Bernhardt said.
A police officer on his beat later found the suspect on the train partially clothed near the victim and took action.