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24th Jun 2022

Woman saved from hostage situation after leaving note on food delivery order

Ellen Fitzpatrick

The victim was being held hostage.

A woman in the US has been saved from a hostage situation after she sent a note through a food delivery app to ask for help.

In what appears to be a frantic note on her Grubhub order sent to a restaurant close by, the 24-year-old asked staff to discreetly contact the police.

She wrote in the Additional Instructions section: “Please call the police his going to call me when u delivered come with the cones please don’t make it obvious.”

The woman placed an order at The Chipper Truck Café in Yonkers, close to New York City.

Staff were alarmed as the message came through at 5 am on a Sunday morning and they instantly called the police, according to restaurant owner Alice Bermejo.

The victim had reportedly been raped at knifepoint by the man who was holding her hostage after the two had met through a dating app, police said.

The man was arrested when police responded to the call from the restaurant.

Staff in the restaurant didn’t know what had happened until the woman phoned them at work to thank them for their help.

“I’ve often heard of this happening but never thought it would happen to us. Thankfully we were open and able to help her,” the café said in a Facebook post.

“A big thank you to the police for their fast response.”

32-year-old Kemoy Royal was arrested by The New York City Police Department at around 6.20 am Sunday and he was later charged with rape, strangulation, criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and sexual abuse.

Police have also reported that he has been accused of a different rape which occurred on June 15th and Grubhub has said that it will be giving the cafe $5,000 for their “simple but extraordinary” help.