Police In Philadelphia Say That Passengers Who Held Their Phones Up And Did Nothing While A Woman Was Being Assaulted On A Train For 8 Minutes Will Not Be Charged

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On Wednesday, Oct 13, 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy was arrested for allegedly coming aboard a SEPTA commuter train in Philadelphia, threatening a random woman and then assaulting her for eight minutes before authorities came aboard and detained him.

Police did not reveal how many people were within the vicinity of the attack but have revealed that some “held their phones up” in the direction of the assault, seemingly to film the attack. However, there is currently no evidence of footage found.

To date, Pennsylvania law does not allow for the persecution of a passenger who may have witnessed a crime, Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County District Attorney said in an emailed statement.

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SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III, said that “as many as 10 people” may have seen some part of the attack.

He also revealed that Philadelphia 911 did not receive any calls regarding the attack and Delaware county 911 operators are still researching whether they have received any calls.

Prosecutors pursuing the case against Ngoy have revealed that it is anticipated that the passengers who were filming the assault will not have charges pressed against them. The prosecutors did not expand on why these charges are unlikely.

Ngoy is charged with rape and sexual assault. He is being held on $180,000 bail and is awaiting a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 25.

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