The passengers were watching at the time a female was sexually assaulted on the SEPTA train

"It may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911," police said about the sexual assault.


A man who is 35 years old located in Pennsylvania is being investigated for charges of assault and rape after an assault on a woman took place on a transit train on Wednesday night. The train's passengers were watching the assault but didn't intervene police said on Friday.

The woman was assaulted approximately 11 p.m. when she was riding on in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Market-Frankford line to Upper Darby. Upper Darby.

"The assault was observed by a SEPTA employee, who called 911, enabling SEPTA officers to respond immediately and apprehend the suspect in the act," Andrew Busch is an SEPTA spokesperson released an announcement.

SEPTA officers detained the man, who was later was identified as the 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy, as per Upper Darby Police Chief Timothy Bernhardt.

Surveillance footage captured the entire extent of the incident, providing authorities enough information to accuse Ngoy with assault and rape, Bernhardt told NBC Philadelphia.

The video also demonstrates how the cyclists who also witnessed the assault and did nothing to aid the woman who was assaulted According to Bernhardt.

"It's disturbing," he declared. "I'm shocked, I have no words for it. I just can't imagine seeing what you were seeing through your own eyes and seeing what this woman was going through that no one would step in and help her."

Investigators are also looking over the videos to determine who was in the video and also to speak with witnesses Bernhardt said.

Bernhardt said to NBC Philadelphia that he spoke to the woman on Friday. She assured her that she was in good health after being transferred to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries after the attack.

Upper Darby police continues leading the investigation into the rape. They have help by SEPTA Transit Police. Investigators are also asking any person who was witness to the assault to call the police.

SEPTA is also asking potential witnesses to call the authorities.

"The rape that occurred on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line Wednesday night (Oct. 13) was a horrendous criminal act," Busch declared. "There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911."

"SEPTA urges anyone who observes a crime being committed or any dangerous situation occurring to report it. Anyone witnessing an emergency should immediately call 911," the official added.