Witnesses of a rape in Philadelphia preferred to record before helping the victim

A woman victim of sexual abuse.

A woman victim of sexual abuse.

Photo: Jorge Macías / Impremedia

The aggression by a man towards a woman in a mid-distance train to the outskirts of Philadelphia lasted around 40 minutes while he stalked her, touched her inappropriately, and eventually raped her. Dozens of stops where no witnesses provided help to the victim or called the authorities, and yes they would have preferred to point their cell phones at the aggression.

The Chief Constable of the Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Thomas J. Nestell III, indicated in a press conference that it is investigated if in the more than two dozen stops that advanced during the aggression, the passengers recorded the events.

“I can tell you that there were people lifting their cell phone in the direction of this woman who was being attacked, ”he said.

The police reported that victim and aggressor They got on the train at the same North Philly stop Wednesday night. At the last stop, the police helped the woman after a transportation worker called 911.

“What we want is for everyone to be angry and disgusted and be determined to make this a more secure system, ”said Nestel III.

Fiston Ngoy, 35, was accused of rape and related crimes. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt told reporters that those who recorded the attack and decided not to intervene could be prosecuted.

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