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A criminal complaint says a woman who raped other passengers on a Philadelphia-area train got on the wrong line and began to hold her minutes after getting into the car.

Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been charged with rape, serious indecent assault and other counts in connection with the October 13 incident on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train in Upper Darby.


Woman raped in train because passersby did nothing, said police

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Police said the unidentified woman was on the Market-Frankford line and was sitting alone when Nagoy was sitting next to her and they started talking. Citing video surveillance on the train, the complaint said that at around 9:20 pm, minutes after the woman entered the train car, Nogoy started touching her, causing him to “constantly” push her. Was being

Police said a few minutes later, he attempted to grab her left breast and he pushed her.

“All this time, the victim has clearly been struggling trying to keep him away,” an officer wrote in the complaint.

After 9:50 pm, Nagoy allegedly took off the woman’s pants and lowered his pants. Police said he is then seen pressing hard on her groin area for six minutes.

Just before 10 p.m., a SEPTA police officer enters the train and drags Ngoy away from the woman. [Ngoy was] is actively raping the victim,” the complaint said. The officer responded to a call on an oncoming train near the 69th Street terminal when he saw Ngoy with his pants on top of a woman. has undone his pants.

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SEPTA elevated trains sit idle at the 69th Street Terminal on November 3, 2009 in Philadelphia.

Inside the train, investigators recovered a black watch, Nagoy’s camouflage cap and the victim’s gold earring, police said.

During a police interview at a hospital, the woman said she remembered leaving work and drinking a few beers. At some point, he recalled a SEPTA officer dragging a man, he told officers.

The case has received wide coverage after it emerged that the riders present during the alleged rape did nothing.

“There were a lot of people who, in my opinion, should have intervened; someone should have done something,” said the Additional Darby Superintendent of Police. Timothy Bernhardt said. “It tells where we are in society. I mean, who would allow something like this to happen? So it’s disturbing.”

On Wednesday, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stolsteimer said Pennsylvania law does not allow prosecution of passengers who failed to intervene on the woman’s behalf.

A train runs along the Market–Frankford line in Philadelphia.

“Accordingly, any passenger who believes that he may have witnessed the October 13 incident on a Septa train should not fear prosecution,” he said, encouraging the witnesses to share the information with the authorities.

It was further revealed that Ngoy, a Congolese national, has a criminal record and had overstayed his student visa, which was terminated in 2015.