A woman is rescued from a violent hostage situation after using a Grubhub order to contact the local police

A 24-year-old woman has been rescued from a man who held her hostage for five hours after she used Grubhub, a popular food delivery service, to call police, according to a criminal complaint obtained by CNN.

According to reports, the woman and the suspect, who did not give her name in person, met for the first time after the previous chat online via a dating app. However, the situation soon escalated and became violent, with the suspect taking the woman’s phone and only letting her use it to order food.

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A Grubhub woman’s request for help was sent to The Chipper Truck Café, a 24-hour restaurant based in Yonkers, New York, around 5:20 a.m. on June 19. Please call the police… Please do not make it clear” in the ‘Additional instructions’ field in the application.

According to restaurant owner Alice Bermejo, the employee who first saw the matter called Bermejo’s husband, who advised the restaurant’s employees to contact local law enforcement.

“Our staff immediately responded, called the police, and she was rescued,” the restaurant wrote in a statement to NBC’s “Today” programme. “I’ve heard a lot about this happening but never thought it would happen to us. Thank God we were open and able to help her. Many thanks to the police for their quick response.”

NYPD officers responded at approximately 6:20 a.m. to an apartment in the Eastchester section of the Bronx and arrested 32-year-old Kimui Royal on charges of rape, strangulation, criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, threatening and assault, criminal possession of a weapon and sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Royal was also charged with sexual assault and attempted criminal sexual act in a separate case involving a 26-year-old woman that occurred just four days ago.


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In the wake of the incident, Grubhub’s chief operating officer, Eric Ferguson, reached out to Bermejo on Wednesday and offered her $5,000 to thank her, her family and restaurant staff for their “quick thinking.”

“Every time we see something as simple but exceptional as this, we are amazed at how our partners have positively impacted their communities,” Grupop said in a statement to CNN. “Whatever they decide to use the money for, we hope it helps the restaurant and reminds all of their customers what (the people) are great.”

“For them to call us and thank us, it was a big enough deal for us,” Bermejo told outlets. “We are grateful to them…because as everyone knows, the pandemic has been tough on everyone.”

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