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Arrest Made in Sex Assault on PATCO Train

Charles Arcano, 45, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and criminal restraint.

What to Know

  • A New Jersey man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a PATCO train last month.
  • Charles Arcano, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and criminal restraint.
  • The assault occurred on Jan. 27 around 4 a.m. between the Collingswood and Lindenwold stations, police said.

A New Jersey man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a PATCO train last month.

Charles Arcano, 45, of Voorhees, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and criminal restraint.

A 22-year-old woman was on the PATCO speed-line back on Jan. 27 around 4 a.m. between the Collingswood and Lindenwold stations. The woman had been out drinking, was staggering and couldn't get out of the car at Collingswood, her intended stop, investigators said.

A man who she didn't know who was sitting next to her then began touching her and ignored her when she told him to stop, police said. The man then sexually assaulted her, according to investigators.

Surveillance video shows the woman getting up and walking to the front of the train as the man follows. He then grabs her and drags her into another seat, holding her on his lap as she struggles.

The man then sexually assaulted her and at one point continued to violate her while she was unconscious, according to police.

Camden County Prosecutor's Office

The suspect was spotted on surveillance video getting out of a black pickup truck after being dropped off at the Westmont PATCO station earlier that morning shortly before 2 a.m., according to police. 

The surveillance video led police to a driver who identified Arcano as the suspect.

Arcano was arrested by the Delaware River Port Authority in South Philadelphia. He is awaiting extradition to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a pretrial detention hearing. 

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any additional information, please call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Tanner Ogilvie at 856-650-6398 or DRPA Corporal Joseph Ebling at 856-969-7884.

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