Grubhub rewards New York restaurant for calling police after a woman used a delivery app to call for help while being held hostage, CBS New York.
Chipper Truck Cafe in Yonkers received the order at approximately 5 a.m. on June 19 for delivery in the Bronx. In the Additional Order Notes section, the person who ordered the purchase wrote, “Please call the police… Please don’t make it obvious.”
“People usually put notes like, ‘Can you leave it in my driveway? Can I have an extra drink on my order? Can I have extra soda? “But nothing like that,” said employee Alicia Bayram..
Co-owner Alice Bermejo told the station that staff immediately called her and her husband and told them not to take any chances and to call the police.
When officers arrived at the delivery site, they arrested 32-year-old Kimwee Royal, who is accused of abusing, raping and holding a 24-year-old woman against her will. The victim was taken to hospital after the arrest. Royal faces multiple charges, including rape, strangling and unlawful imprisonment, according to CBS New York.
The woman told the police that she was able to add a request for help to her request when Royal allowed her to use her phone.
For their role in the incident, Grubhub sends the restaurant $5,000.
Royal was already wanted by authorities for another assault on June 14, in which Royal was accused of sexually assaulting a neighbor who was visiting his apartment, CBS New York reported. That woman managed to escape and reported the alleged abuse the next day.
Bermejo said that after the staff called the police, they had no idea what had happened to the person who called for help until they received a phone call the next day thanking them. But she is very proud of her employees for doing the right thing.
“We are just grateful for saving this girl,” Bermejo told the station. “This is the most important part of this whole story.”