'Please call police': Bronx woman rescued after sending note to restaurant via Grubhub order
According to a Facebook post made by the restaurant, the woman stated in the ‘Additional Instructions’ section of her order, "Please call the police."
Using a Grubhub delivery order to send a letter to a restaurant, a New York lady was rescued from a hostage situation on Sunday, June 19, according to authorities and a statement from the eatery. According to a Facebook post made by The Chipper Truck in the Bronx, the woman stated in the ‘Additional Instructions’ section of her order, "Please call the police his going to call me when u delivered come with the cones please don't make it obvious.”
The 24-year-old placed her order before 5 am, according to the post. The post said, "I’ve often heard of this happening but never thought it would happen to us. Thankfully we were open and able to help her.” According to the New York City Police Department, officers arrived at the site at around 6:20 am. On suspicion of rape, strangulation, criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and sexual abuse, the suspect, Kemoy Royal, was taken into custody.
On June 15, Royal was also charged with attempting to rape a 26-year-old. He is charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse, and assault in connection with that case. The Chipper Truck owner's daughter Alicia Bermejo, 20, said she arrived at the shop following the incident. Two women, one in her 40s and one in her 20s, fielded the note and called Bermejo's father for guidance because the message was somewhat ‘incoherent.’ He told them to send the cops instead of the cheeseburger and the Irish breakfast sandwich. She quoted him as saying, “‘Call 911, whether it’s fake or not, better to just get them out there.’” Regarding the victim, Bermejo remarked, "That was the best thing for her. The police ended up showing up instead of a delivery driver."
Since the brick-and-mortar restaurant is open 24 hours a day and the food truck has been serving the neighborhood for 18 years, The Chipper Truck is regarded as a sort of neighborhood watch, according to Bermejo. For customers who arrive late at night and need to get home, staff members have been known to call taxis or Ubers. "This added a new level and new meaning to that. I don’t think any of us ever expected anything like this,” she remarked.
According to CBS New York, Grubhub is now rewarding the New York restaurant for helping the NYPD to rescue the woman from her hostage situation. Grubhub is sending the restaurant $5,000 as a reward for their roles in the incident. Meanwhile, according to Inside Edition, Kemoy Royal is currently being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, and his first court appearance is set for this Friday, June 24.