When Being A Witness Goes Wrong: Passengers Let Train Rapist Victimize Woman for 40 Mins 

A suspected rapist on a train just outside Philadelphia victimized a woman for more than 40 minutes last week while fellow passengers did nothing to stop the attack, reports local media.

Investigators believe that instead of intervening, some riders recorded the alleged rape on their smartphones.  

It’s not clear if any even took the time to contact 911 and report the incident.  In fact, it didn’t stop until a transportation authority employee called it in.  

Again, the assault went on for approximately 40 minutes.  

“I can tell you that people were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman being attacked,” Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said at a recent news conference.

Police estimate that there were as many as two dozen idle onlookers on the train.  

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“What we want everyone to be is angry, disgusted and join us in being resolute to continue to make the system safe. We need help from the public to notify us when they see incidents that are occurring that are unusual,” Nestel said.

“We want people to be our partners and to watch out for other riders,” he continued.

Police identified the perp as Fiston Ngoy, 35, a homeless immigrant on an expired student visa. 

Ngoy is claiming that the encounter was “consensual.”  However, he is now in jail facing charges for rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, and additional related counts.  

Bail has been set at $180,000. 

Ngoy has had previous run-ins with the law, including “multiple arrests and two misdemeanor convictions, one for controlled substances and one for sexual abuse,” according to court records obtained by Fox News.

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After spending 120 days in prison and serving nine months on probation, he was put in immigration detention in Jan. 2018.  Instead of being deported, the Board of Immigration Appeals in March of 2019 determined Ngoy’s sex offense was not a “serious crime” and he was released back out onto the streets.

Ngoy is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 25.

Upon reflection, local police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt was disheartened by the fact that no one came to the woman’s rescue.

“There was a lot of people in my opinion that should have intervened, somebody should have done something,” Bernhardt said on Saturday. “It speaks to where we are in society and who would allow something like that to take place. So it’s troubling.”

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  • Jay nottingham October 24, 2021, 7:32 pm

    They should all be charged with accessory to rape. ALL of them.

  • RoGrrr October 23, 2021, 8:12 pm

    The idea is to hold steady while standards LOWER !

  • Eric rohrer.eric@gmail.com October 23, 2021, 3:05 pm

    If I had been there, we’d both be arrested.I don’t even want to say what I’d do.Back in the day, I did time on Rikers and prison( for non physical crimes).From my experience,these deviants don’t care well.If the CO’s don’t get them…The convicts will.Im now a Born Again Christian and believe me…I’d be giving him anything but the Gospel.A sign of the times?Come quick Jesus!!!

  • Robert October 23, 2021, 12:39 am

    Amazing how a Train full of people lacked the nerve to stop the Cowardly Assault & RAPE of a Woman that lasted 45m. These People Watched, Recorded the Rape & done nothing. They were ALL Cowards or Accessaries to this crime. It’s shameful how the Men Could Not Unite & KICK HIS ASS & STOP THIS POS FROM RAPING THIS WOMAN. What if it was your Wife, Girlfriend, Daughter?

  • Robert October 23, 2021, 12:27 am

    If an individual has the shameless nerve to not only watch but record the assault & rape of a woman. He’s either a Coward or an Accessary. Unite, Call 911, get Involved, Kick his Ass until the Police arrive. If he has a weapon, shoot him dead!

  • Godfrey Washington October 22, 2021, 5:59 pm

    Why wasn’t she armed?

  • Russ October 22, 2021, 3:47 pm

    What do you expect from these savages?? Taking videos of a sexual battery should get them out in prison.

  • Billy M October 22, 2021, 12:39 pm

    and the politician in Philly wonder why crime is o high there? More pointedly this shows the failure of the U.S. government. It’s job is to protect the citizens of this country from foreigners. the perp’s visa was expired. he should not have even been in this country much less on that train. the government failed the victim. Who will be the next person they fail to protect.

  • Anthony Cannata October 22, 2021, 8:46 am

    Passengers? No, “shines”.

    • Russ October 22, 2021, 3:48 pm


  • William October 22, 2021, 8:35 am

    Someone recorded this on their phone but didn’t help…. what disgusting human beings. I suppose they know that when it happens to them the same passengers will be recording them also.

  • Ryan Haag October 22, 2021, 8:35 am

    I love how the link to the reports from “local media” links to an Orlando, Florida local news site. The real local news in Philadelphia is saying that the national narrative on this story is untrue.

  • Ryan Haag October 22, 2021, 8:31 am

    This is a pretty sensational story. The only problem is, it isn’t true. The national media took a few stupid comments from the SEPTA police chief and ran with it. But the local DA has provided clarification.


  • DELCO October 22, 2021, 8:30 am

    I literally grew up where this happened. Within the last few years 5-15 this area and upper Darby Pa has gone to shit , exactly like so many once republican controlled areas that have been bought by soros and flipped blue. We are creating an entire generation of strange people. People who would rather record the attack of an innocent lady for their social media page , instead of helping her. Our country unfortunately is going in the wrong direction. People used to be raised to help each other, our country used to have in spoken standards of living . Kids now have no idea what freedom truly cost. Watch a school bus drive down the street, all the kids are looking down on their phones instead of doing what kids used to do. Ya know like interact with each other, and be regular humans. This is only the beginning, society is accepting things that once would be considered unacceptable.

  • John Kramer October 22, 2021, 8:29 am

    Too bad she wasn’t armed.

  • Chuck Matson October 22, 2021, 6:10 am

    Sickening! The left wants you to be a victim. Disarmed and helpless!

  • Dr Motown October 22, 2021, 6:04 am

    The “Board of Immigration Appeals” sounds like a group of woke, bleeding heart progressives….maybe they should get a couple nights in a prison cell with the perp.

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