PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Philadelphia City Council has announced that it will hold hearings into SEPTA’s safety procedures after multiple attacks on runners.
Public Safety Committee Chairman Curtis Jones, Jr., whose panel is likely to be investigating, told FOX 29: âIt is SEPTA’s responsibility, when we pay for our ticket, to ensure that the cyclist proceeds from Frankford to 69th Street without being attacked. “
Edwin Allen, 28, is accused of assaulting a woman at the 69th Street station in Upper Darby on Wednesday night and sources say he could be linked to other assaults.
While Fiston Ngoy, 35, is accused of raping a woman on a Westbound Market-Frankford train last week. The entire episode was captured on surveillance video that showed other people on the train at the time, said Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department.
Authorities said the attack lasted several minutes and other passengers on the train did not intervene.
Instead, authorities said some of the other passengers waved their phones in the direction of the attack. The Delaware County District Attorney on Thursday refuted the claim, but said there were people filtering and boarding the train at the time the rape occurred.
Fiston Ngoy, 35, faces multiple charges after authorities said he sexually assaulted a woman in a SEPTA subway car as passers-by stood nearby.
On Monday, the SEPTA police chief argued that the agency acted quickly when Ngoy was arrested.
“Within three minutes the police got in touch with this person making the arrest. I think that’s pretty good, Jeff, can we do better, absolutely,” said Thomas Nestel.
Critics argue the authority could do much better, especially after revealing that it identified Allen and linked him to two previous attacks by women on SEPTA property, but failed to warn the public while he was asking for an arrest warrant against him.
SEPTA told FOX 29 it is reviewing its public notifications while claiming it has lost 30 police officers and is bleeding $ 1 million a day in lost goodwill.
Councilor Jones, Jr. said he expected the city council hearing to be expedited, while SEPTA said it was eager to speak with members about its challenges.
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