SEPTA Rape Investigation: Police investigating sexual assault at Snyder Avenue station in South Philly

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police are searching for the suspect who allegedly raped a woman while pointing a gun at her boyfriend at a SEPTA station in South Philadelphia.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the Snyder station platform on Block 2100 of Broad Street.

The 40-year-old female victim told police she was on the platform with a 46-year-old friend when they were approached by the suspect, who was armed with a gun.

Police say the suspect held the gun on the victim’s back and then pointed it at the friend. He then sexually assaulted the victim.

“He pointed the gun at the friend and put the gun on our survivor’s back and demanded sex,” said Capt. James Kearney of the Philadelphia Police Department.

According to police, the video shows the friend holding his hands up while the attack took place.

After the incident, police said the suspect rode away on a bicycle.

The couple then called 911.

Police released surveillance footage of the rape suspect wearing a gray NASA sweatshirt.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, 5’6″, 160 pounds with light brown or hazel eyes. He was also spotted wearing black pants, white sneakers and a medical mask.

According to police, he was armed with a black pistol with a green bolt and an extended magazine.

The victim told police she tried on dresses with her boyfriend at the police station before the sexual assault. Philadelphia police were unsure if the station was open at the time.

According to police, the suspect and friend had a brief encounter just prior to the attack, in the sense of a brief “hey, what’s up” chat.

Police say the suspect left the area before returning to the couple and then drawing his gun.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251/3252.

In April, a suspect was arrested for raping a woman on the Broad Street Line between Erie and Girard Avenue stations.

SEPTA released the following safety and security statement to Action News:

“SEPTA understands that drivers have concerns about security in the system and we are addressing them. We are working to increase the visibility of police officers in the system and are actively recruiting new candidates for the SEPTA Transit Police Department. Last month, SEPTA reached an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Transit Police for pay increases that will help efforts to recruit and retain talented officers.

“In addition to traditional policing, SEPTA has hired social workers to connect members of the vulnerable population with shelter and medical services. There are also new Outreach Specialists deployed on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines to reinforce riding rules and duty as the eyes and ears for SEPTA Police. In the event of an incident in the system, police have access to video from more than 28,000 cameras to aid investigations and identify perpetrators.”

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