Police: Bystanders stood around and did nothing as a woman was raped on a train

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UPPER DARBY, PA – According to authorities, a woman was raped while aboard a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train earlier in October.

A SEPTA employee reportedly called 911 after observing the crime – but officials say other riders who observed the rape prior to did not contact authorities.

The incident occurred on October 13th at approximately 10:00 p.m. on a SEPTA train on the Market-Frankford Line, according to authorities. A female passenger was reportedly approached by a male who kept touching her, despite the victim’s objections.

Police say the male suspect ultimately stripped the victim nude and proceeded to rape her on the train. In a statement from SEPTA, the attack was referred to as “a horrendous criminal act” and that an unnamed employee contacted authorities immediately once after learning of the incident:

“The assault was observed by a SEPTA employee, who called 911, enabling SEPTA officers to respond immediately and apprehend the suspect in the act.”

SEPTA’s statement also pointed out that the victim could’ve been aided sooner had others riders contacted authorities immediately:

“There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911.”

Upper Darby Township Police are currently leading the investigation into the incident, with Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt saying that there were likely enough people aboard that train that could’ve intervened and put a stop to the woman’s rape:

“I’m appalled by those who did nothing to help this woman. Anybody that was on that train has to look in the mirror and ask why they didn’t intervene or why they didn’t do something.”

The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy, was arrested following the incident and is facing several charges, including aggravated indecent assault without consent, rape, and sexual assault.

Ngoy is reportedly a homeless individual and remains in custody as of this writing.

Superintendent Bernhardt referred to the victim in the case as an “unbelievably strong woman” who was able to provide investigators with a wealth of information regarding her attack.

The police superintendent added that the victim is “on the mend” and that “hopefully she will get through this.”

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Philadelphia officer injured in shootout with homicide suspect released from hospital

(Originally published October 14th, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Philadelphia police officer who was injured during a gunfight with a man accused of shooting and killing a co-worker at Jefferson University Hospital earlier this month was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw tweeted about Officer Arcenio Perez’s release on Wednesday:

“Great news today as P/O Arcenio Perez was released from the hospital 9 days after being shot with a rifle round during a gun battle with an armed homicide suspect.

“We salute P/O Perez & his brave @PPD16Dist coworkers and wish him & his family the best as his recovery continues.”

Perez had been in the hospital since October 4, when he and other officers encountered Stacey Hayes, the 55-year-old man accused of walking into Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and fatally shooting his coworker, 43-year-old Certified Nursing Assistant Anrae James.

Investigators say Hayes entered the hospital around midnight wearing scrubs and a mask and carrying a bag of guns. Hayes walked past several people on his way to the 9th floor where he allegedly shot James.

Hayes then fled the hospital in a U-Haul truck.

Outlaw said around 1:25 a.m., 16th district officers were flagged down by a passerby reporting a man firing a rifle at 40th Street and Parkside Avenue in the Parkside section of the city, near the School of the Future.

Officers Arcenio Perez, Edwin Perez, Douglas Miller, and Raymond Delgiudice encountered Hayes and ordered him to drop his AR-15 rifle several times. He refused to comply and opened fire on the officers.

Officer Arcenio Perez was hit in the arm with a rifle round, according to police. Officer Edwin Perez was grazed on the nose during the gunfight.

Hayes was struck twice in the collarbone, Outlaw said. He was transported to Penn Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition.

He faces charges of Murder, Attempted Criminal Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Assault on Law Enforcement, VUFA, and related offenses.

Officer Edwin Perez, a 7-year veteran, was treated for his injuries at Penn Presbyterian and has since been released from the hospital.

Arcenio Perez required additional treatment, including surgery, on his injured arm.

As Officer Arcenio Perez left the hospital in a wheelchair nine days after the shooting, a blue line of Philadelphia police officers saluted him. He received a police escort away from the hospital.

Homicides in the “City of Brotherly Love” have been skyrocketing this year. As of October 13, 2021, there have been 432 homicides in the historic city. That number is up from 380 during the same time frame in 2020 and 269 in 2019.

The number of homicides this year is 14% higher than those reported in 2018.

The number today is almost 100 homicides more than occurred in all of 2019. In 2019, there were a total of 356 murders in the city.

There were 499 in all of 2020, a year marked by civil unrest and riots throughout the city and the nation.

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Two Philadelphia cops shot, nursing assistant killed at Jefferson Hospital by gunman

(Originally published October 5th, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Authorities say that a 55-year-old man shot and killed and coworker at Jefferson University Hospital on October 4th before fleeing the scene in a U-Haul truck and later wounding two Philadelphia Police officers in exchanged gunfire where officers also wounded the suspect as well.

Details about the incident are still developing, but here are the details known thus far.

On October 4th at approximately 12:08 a.m., Philadelphia Police were alerted about a gunman on the ninth floor of Jefferson Hospital at 11th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia’s Center City. A nursing assistant, identified by family members as 43-year-old Anrae James, was fatally shot.

Reports indicate that the suspect who killed James was a coworker, identified as 55-year-old Stacey Hayes, was also a nursing assistant. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated that it is unclear whether Hayes was actively on-duty at the hospital at the time of the shooting.

However, Hayes was reportedly wearing scrubs at the time of the shooting incident.

Officials proclaim that Hayes fled the hospital in a U-Haul truck following the shooting.

At approximately 1:25 a.m., Philadelphia Police encountered the suspect after a passerby at 40th Street and Parkside Avenue in the Parkside section of the city flagged down officers about a man in scrubs shooting into the air, according to Commissioner Outlaw:

“The report was that there was a male in scrubs, with a weapon or a long gun, who was potentially firing rounds in the air or just had a gun.”

When officers encountered the suspect, he reportedly opened fire on them. Two officers were struck by gunfire, with officials saying a 30-year-old officer was hit in the right elbow and a 32-year-old officer was struck in the nose.

The unnamed officer struck in the elbow is reportedly in critical but stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, whereas the officer struck in the nose was treated and released from the same hospital.

Both of the officers have been with the Philadelphia Police Department for six years.

The two other officers on the scene were not injured during the shootout.

Hayes was reportedly shot in the upper body and neck and has since been transferred to an area hospital, where he is expected to survive. Commissioner Outlaw stated that the suspect was wearing body armor during the firefight:

“We learned that he was wearing body armor, and was carrying multiple weapons. In addition to the long gun which was believed to be an AR-15, he was also carrying some form of a semi-automatic handgun.”

Hayes’ family reportedly told investigators that he was suffering mental health issues recently, and sources proclaim that Hayes was known to police and had firearms confiscated at some point due to psychiatric reasons. Hayes petitioned the courts in 2020 to have access to firearms restored, which his petition was successful.

Mayor Jim Kenney released the following statement regarding the incident:

“I want to acknowledge and commend the work of the first responders and police officers who responded to the horrific incident overnight at Jefferson Hospital. Their quick response in finding the perpetrator stopped this situation from escalating further.

Tragically, one Jefferson employee was killed and two officers were badly wounded-my prayers are with them and their families. Early this morning, I visited with the officers to thank them for their heroic work and wish them a speedy recovery.

The Philadelphia Police Department is conducting a full investigation. This is yet another example of weaponry that is far too powerful being in the hands of people who shouldn’t have access to them. We need common-sense gun laws to stop these tragedies that have become all too frequent.”

The father of the nursing assistant killed inside of the hospital, 69-year-old William James, spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about the pleasant memories with his son who’d come and cut his hair every two weeks – never taking a dollar for it, despite his father’s insistence at times:

“That’s some of the best times for me, where we sit down for those couple hours.”

William James said his son leaves behind his wife and two daughters, ages 2 and 17, and an 11-year-old son, saying “my son’s legacy is his kids.” William James said his son Anrae had a unique way of figuring things out, often getting his father to expand his perspective by trying to place himself in other people’s shoes:

“It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. And I ain’t gon’ have that no more. I’m not going to have that… It’s just not fair.”

A possible motive for the killing has not yet been released by authorities.

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