Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said police officers were called to the 69th Street terminal at around 10pm on Wednesday (13/10/2021) following the attack on a westbound commuter train on the Market-Frankford Line.
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An employee from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) who was in the vicinity of the train called the police. “Reported that something was wrong with a woman on the train,” Bernhardt said.
SEPTA police waiting at the next stop found the woman and arrested a man. The woman was taken to the hospital.
Bernhardt described the victim as an extraordinarily strong woman, who provided the police with a wealth of information. “He didn’t know the attacker,” he said.
“He’s recovering,” Bernhardt said. “Hopefully he can get through this.”
Bernhardt said the entire incident caught on CCTV showed there were a lot of people on the train at the time.
“There are a lot of people, I think, who should get involved; someone should have done something,” Bernhardt said.