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Last week, a story about a rape on an elevated SEPTA Market-Frankford train in Philadelphia went viral.

According to Upper Darby Police, a homeless man raped a barely conscious woman on board an El train - while riders pulled out their cell phones to callously record the scene.

"I can tell you that people were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman being attacked," said SEPTA chief Thomas Nestel III at the time.

"We want everyone to be angry, disgusted, and to join us in being resolute in keeping our system safe. We need the public to notify us when they see something that seems to be unusual."

Police arrested Fiston Ngoy, 35, who listed a homeless shelter in Philadelphia as his last address.

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If you wondered why no video of the incident had surface online, you're not alone. It turns out that no such videos exist.

In fact, according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, some SEPTA riders may not have even known what was going on.

"There is a narrative out there that people sat there on the El train and watched this transpire and took videos of it for their own gratification," Stollsteimer said at a press conference on Thursday. "That is simply not true. It did not happen. We have security video from SEPTA that shows that is not the true narrative."

The police also said no one called them during the rape incident. That was also a lie. Someone on the train did call police, who arrived and pulled Ngoy off of the victim.

Anger and outrage exploded on Twitter.com on Monday.

Philly mag journalist Ernest Owens wrote: "And there you have it: The police lied big-fucking-time."

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The NYPD arrested a homeless man dubbed the "A-Train Ripper" following a series of knife attacks that left two homeless people dead along the NYC subway system's A train line.

Police say Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was splattered with his victims' blood when he was taken into custody in Upper Manhattan on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Lopez was homeless and had a history of mental illness, according to reports.

Police recovered a blood-stained knife from Lopez. His shoes were splattered with his victims' blood.

The vicious stabbings left two people dead and two others injured. Hundreds of cops were deployed to hunt the "ripper" in a city where government officials defunded the police department following a summer of riots and political unrest.

Late Friday night, a man was found slumped over in his seat on an A train at Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway. He suffered stab wounds to his neck and torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a 44-year-old woman was found in a pool of blood under her subway seat inside an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood. She had stab wounds all over her body. She later died at a local hospital.

Two other victims, a 43-year-old man and a 67-year-old man, are being treated for stab wounds at area hospitals.

The stabbing spree sent shockwaves through the community, as New Yorkers complained about the lack of police presence in the subways, which are mostly empty due to the Covid.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced 500 additional cops to be deployed across the city immediately, the NY Post reports.

The stabbings follow a series of violent subway attacks, which included a commuter shoved onto the tracks.