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Man Arrested in Assaults of Women on SEPTA Train, at Station

SEPTA confirmed with NBC10 that an unidentified man was taken into custody Wednesday night for an “assault investigation.”

A man sought for touching a young woman on her way to school aboard a SEPTA train in Philadelphia was arrested after allegedly being caught trying to take a woman’s pants off at a SEPTA station in Delaware County.

The unidentified suspect was arrested Wednesday night for indecent assault after he dropped his pants and then attempted to take the pants off his victim at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, sources close to the investigation told NBC10.

A SEPTA employee heard the woman's screams and alerted a SEPTA Transit Police Department officer, who arrested the suspect, Upper Darby Police Department Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said.

Both the suspect and the victim were riding the Market-Frankford line when the woman apparently missed her stop and got out at the 69th Street Terminal, Bernhardt said. She approached the suspect to ask him how to get to the opposite platform, and while they were walking to the platform, the man attacked her, according to Bernhardt.

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Another woman heard the victim's screams and alerted a SEPTA Transit Police Department officer, who arrested the man, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said.

The same man was being sought after allegedly dancing on a SEPTA train and touching an 18-year-old girl, who reported the incident after arriving to school.

The latest arrest comes a week after a woman was raped on a SEPTA Market-Frankford elevated train at the 69th Street Terminal.  In that incident, police said other riders looked on or recorded the attack on their cellphones but failed to call 911, an account that was refuted by Stollsteimer on Thursday.

The suspect in that attack was identified as 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy.

Police said the officer who arrested Ngoy is the same officer who arrested the man in the indecent assault at the 69th Street Terminal.

Police are also investigating another incident in which a man, who was caught on surveillance video, robbed a 16-year-old at knifepoint at the Race-Vine Station on the Broad Street Line Tuesday afternoon.

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