PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police are searching for the suspect who they say raped a woman while pointing a gun at her boyfriend in a SEPTA station in South Philadelphia.
It happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the platform of the Snyder station on the 2100 block of Broad Street.
The 40-year-old female victim told police she was with a 46-year-old boyfriend at the platform when they were approached by the suspect who was armed with a gun.
Police say the suspect held the gun at the victim's back and then pointed it at the boyfriend. He then proceeded to sexually assault the victim.
"He pointed the gun at the boyfriend and put the gun at the back of our survivor and proceeded to demand sex," said Captain James Kearney with the Philadelphia Police Department.
Police say video shows the boyfriend holding up his hands while the assault was taking place.
After the incident, police say the suspect rode off on a bicycle.
The couple then called 911.
Police released surveillance images of the rape suspect which show him wearing a grey NASA sweatshirt.
The suspect is described as a Black male, in his mid-20s, 5'6", 160 pounds with light brown or hazel eyes. He was also seen wearing black pants, white sneakers and a medical mask.
Police say he was armed with a black handgun with a green slide and an extended magazine.
The victim told police she had been trying on clothes with her boyfriend at the station before the sex assault. Philadelphia police were not sure if the station was opened at the time.
According to police, the suspect and the boyfriend had a brief encounter, along the lines of a short conversation of "hey, what's up," moments before the assault.
Police say the suspect had left the area before returning to the couple and then pulling out his gun.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251/3252.
SEPTA released the following statement to Action News on safety and security:
"SEPTA knows that riders have concerns about safety and security on the system, and we are addressing them. We are working to increase the visibility of police officers on the system and are actively recruiting new candidates to the SEPTA Transit Police Department. Last month, SEPTA reached an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Transit Police on salary increases that will help with efforts to recruit and retain talented officers.
"In addition to traditional policing, SEPTA has added social workers to help connect members of the vulnerable population with housing and medical services. There are also new outreach specialists deployed on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines to reinforce the rules for riding and serve as eyes and ears for SEPTA Police. When there is an incident on the system, police have access to video from more than 28,000 cameras to aid in investigations and identify offenders."
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