Chipper Truck Café in Yonkers Receives $5,000 Bonus from Grubhub for Role in Hostage Rescue in the Bronx

Bronx, New York (WABC) – A Yonkers restaurant is about to get a big bounty from food delivery service Grubhub, after a major decision that helped save the life of a young woman being held hostage in the Bronx.

They say good deed doesn’t get away with it, but that’s not the case at Chipper Truck Café. Owners are rewarded with $5,000 worth of food delivery service Grubhub.

“They thanked us for what we did and thanked them for taking care of the feedback, and for their appreciation they wanted to give us a bonus,” said restaurateur Alice Bermejo.

The owners spoke to Eyewitness News reporter Sonia Rincon on Tuesday night about the infamous remark that entered the restaurant early Sunday morning. Alongside the order were instructions to “Please call the police,” sent by a 24-year-old woman who was being held against her will in an apartment in the Bronx.

A video clip from the restaurant shows the moment Bermejo’s daughter and another worker see the woman’s desperate plea.

Police were called and soon after, 32-year-old Kimwee Royal was arrested.

He faces charges of rape, unlawful imprisonment, and other charges.

It has also been linked to an unrelated sexual assault attempt days ago.

The reward was the last thing on their mind, Bermejo says on Sunday.

“It’s shocking to us, and we’re very grateful that he was caught and that the girl is fine,” Bermejo said.

The money will come in handy. Like most restaurants, things haven’t been great for the café during the pandemic. The restaurant had to let the delivery driver go to cut costs.

Owners have turned to services like Uber Eats, Door Dash, and, as of two months ago, Grubhub.

“Right now, my head is in a fog, so I don’t know, but we can definitely use it, with everything that’s happened during the pandemic, it’s definitely going to be put to good use,” Bermejo said.

The 32-year-old suspect is being held on a $200,000 bond.

In the meantime, glory continues to come. Yonkers City Council is also planning to honor the owners of the cafe.

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