Woman rescued from hostage situation after sending letter to restaurant with Grubhub order

A New York woman was rescued from a hostage situation on Sunday after sending a letter to a restaurant via a Grubhub order, according to police and a statement from the restaurant.

“Please call the police, he will call me if you deliver with the cones, please do not make it clear,” the woman wrote in the “Additional Instructions” section of her order to The Chipper Truck in the Bronx, according to a Facebook post on the side of the restaurant.

The Grubhub order shows a desperate plea from the customer.
The Grubhub order shows a desperate plea from the customer. The Chipper Truck Cafe / Facebook

The post said she ordered for 5 am “I have often heard of this happening but never thought it would happen to us. Luckily we were open and able to help her,” it said.

The New York City Police Department said officers responded to the scene at about 6:20 p.m.

The suspect, Kemoy Royal, was arrested on charges of rape, strangulation, criminal sex act, illegal imprisonment, intimidation, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and sexual abuse.

The victim is 24 years old, according to police.

Royal is also accused of trying to rape a 26-year-old on June 15. He is accused of attempted rape, sexual abuse and assault in connection with that case. It is unclear if Royal has a lawyer.

Alicia Bermejo, 20, whose parents own The Chipper Truck, said she arrived at the store after the incident. Two women, one in his 40s and one in his 20s, felt the letter and called Bermejo’s father for guidance because the message was somewhat “incoherent”.

He ordered her to cancel the order for a cheeseburger and an Irish breakfast and instead send it to the police.

He said, “‘Call 911, whether it’s fake or not, better to just get them out,'” she said.

“That was the best thing for her,” Bermejo said of the victim. “The police finally showed up instead of a burglar.”

Bermejo said The Chipper Truck is known as a kind of neighborhood watch because the brick-and-mortar restaurant is open 24 hours a day and its food truck has been working in the community for 18 years. It is known that employees call Ubers or taxis for patrons who arrive late at night and have to go home.

“This added a new level and new meaning to it,” she said. Yet, “I do not think any of us have ever expected such a thing.”


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