A Pennsylvania authoritative connected Thursday pushed backmost against the communicative that Philadelphia subway riders filmed the rape of a pistillate connected Oct. 13 and did thing to intervene.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, who is starring the case, made the remarks during a property briefing arsenic helium urged witnesses to travel forward, stressing that they would not beryllium charged.
Claims that witnesses filmed the incidental “for their ain gratification alternatively of calling the police” is “simply not true,” Stollsteimer told reporters.
“There is simply a communicative retired determination radical sat connected the El bid and watched this transpire and took videos of it for their ain gratification,” Stollsteimer said, utilizing a section nickname for SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line.
“That is simply not true. It did not happen. We person the information video from SEPTA that shows that was not the existent narrative,” helium added, pushing blasted connected Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) officials.
“I deliberation it truly came from SEPTA officials,” Stollsteimer said. “I saw the video wherever they talked astir ‘these people,’ acting similar determination was a radical of radical conscionable callously signaling this incident.”
The lawyer said that nether Pennsylvania law, individuals cannot beryllium prosecuted for simply witnessing a crime.
The quality league was held days aft constabulary and SEPTA officials said that respective bystanders appeared to constituent their phones successful the absorption of the incident.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said implicit the play that determination were passengers contiguous during the incidental who “should person done something.”
“There were radical witnessing the enactment with phones successful their hands,” SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel said astatine a property league connected Monday. “People were holding their telephone up successful the absorption of this pistillate being attacked.”
The Epoch Times contacted SEPTA officials for remark but didn’t perceive backmost by property time.
Fiston Ngoy was arrested past week pursuing the incidental successful Upper Darby. The 35-year-old reportedly came to the United States successful 2012 connected a pupil visa that was aboriginal terminated aft helium ended his assemblage studies. He besides has a transgression record, Tucker Carlson archetypal reported connected his programme “Tucker Carlson Tonight” connected Wednesday.
Ngoy has 2 anterior misdemeanor convictions, including 1 related to intersexual abuse. He entered migration detention successful January 2018 but was aboriginal released.
He has claimed the acts were consensual, portion the pistillate said Ngoy ignored her pleas to stop. Investigators person said surveillance video shows the pistillate pushing Ngoy distant aggregate times.
Ngoy has a preliminary proceeding scheduled for Oct. 25 and is presently being held nether a $180,000 bond. He is charged with rape and respective related offenses.
Isabel van Brugen
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