Kidnapped woman rescued after asking for help on Grubhub’s orders – National

A 24-year-old woman was rescued from a suspected hostage situation after she was able to add a note to a Grubhub food delivery order asking restaurant workers to call the police.

A Facebook post from The Chipper Truck Cafe, a 24-hour restaurant in Yonkers, New York, shows the “Additional Instructions” they received from the woman: “Please call the police. He’s going to call me when he delivers. Come with the cones please don’t don’t make it obvious,” she wrote.

“I often heard of this happening but never thought it would happen to us,” the post read. “Luckily we were open and were able to help her.”

The cafe’s owner, Alice Bermejo, told CBS News that restaurant staff weren’t sure if it was a prank, but her husband encouraged them to call the police anyway.

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“The message came, the girls read it and called my husband to see what they should do,” she told CBS. “He told them, let’s call the police, we can’t take any chances or risks.”

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CNN reports that a criminal complaint says the woman had agreed to meet with a man she had met on a dating app. She was allegedly assaulted and raped by the man.

Although he took her phone from her, he agreed to let her order food and she was able to send her order through the Grubhub delivery app.

According to This dayPolice showed up at the residence early June 19 and arrested 32-year-old Kemoy Royal. He has been charged with rape, strangulation, false imprisonment, criminal sexual act, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, assault and sexual abuse.

The Chipper Truck Cafe shared a photo of the woman’s plea for help that it included in the delivery instructions.

Courtesy / The Chipper Truck Cafe

The New York Police Department confirmed that Royal was also charged with attempted rape, sexual assault and battery in a case that occurred four days earlier, involving a 26-year-old woman. It is unclear how police linked the two cases.

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Bermejo told CNN that officers followed her and confirmed that the woman’s request for help was genuine and that she was safe.

“We are just thankful that the girl is okay. That’s the most important thing,” Bermejo said.

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Grubhub confirmed that it will award Bermejo’s business $5,000 as a “way to recognize her and (her family) for her quick thinking.”

“Every time we see a simple yet extraordinary act like this, we are amazed at how positively our partners impact their communities,” Grubhub said in a statement to CNN. “Regardless of how they decide to use the money, we hope it will help the restaurant and remind all of their customers how amazing they are.”

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