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A woman who had been raped and held hostage in a New York City home is now safe thanks to her ingenuity in used a food delivery app to place an order and sent a note with the order asking them to call the police.
An order placed on Grubhub for a breakfast sandwich and hamburger at 5 a.m. on a Sunday was nothing out of the ordinary for the staff at the Chipper Truck Cafe in Yonkers.
The following comment was left in the “additional instructions” area of the order: “Please call the police, you will call me when you deliver the cones, please don’t make it obvious”a message that was naturally very unusual, according to Fox3Now.
Alice Bermejo, who works at the Chipper Truck Cafe, commented that the note appeared to have been written in a hurry and asked the police to arrive with food to hide the fact that they were on a rescue mission.
“She said to bring the police,” he said. Bermejo claimed that a worker called after seeing the application on the screen.
“After reading the note that was attached to the order, they contacted my husband and said, ‘What should we do?’ He said something to the effect of “Call the police, I can’t take any chances. It is better to err on the side of caution than to repent.’”
The request originated somewhere in the Bronx, where authorities said a man in his 30s allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in her 20s against her will and held her against her will.
After initially connecting with the man online, the victim allegedly saw him in person for the first time and the meeting turned into a violent altercation. The individual, who has been identified as Kemoy Royalallegedly did not allow the woman to use her phone for any purpose other than ordering food.
At that particular hour, his best chance of success was send a message to a restaurant that was located three and a half miles away. The Bermejo family expressed their gratitude to the staff member who contacted authorities.
Alicia Bermejo, the daughter of Alice Bermejo, expressed her gratitude saying: “[Estamos agradecidos] to know that we were there and that being open 24 hours helped her have the opportunity to receive treatment, “said Fox3Now.
According to records filed in the case, Royal admitted he opened a door because he thought the woman’s dinner had arrived. However, it was the police who did it.
He was charged with crimes involving, among other things, rape, wrongful confinement, strangulation, criminal sexual act, and sexual abuse.
Additional charges have been filed against Royal in connection with the attempted sexual assault of another young woman several days earlier.
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