A 24-year-old woman in Yonkers, New York, was rescued from a suspected hostage situation thanks to some restaurant staff who carefully read the special instructions on her Grubhub order.
The woman ordered Irish breakfast sandwich and cheeseburger at the 24-hour Chipper Truck Cafe on Sunday around 5 am, according to Westchester News 12.
The restaurant staff noted that the “extra instructions” were not typical requests for extra utensils or clothing.
Instead, the note demanded that the restaurant staff “call the police” and ask them to come with the delivery, but “please don’t make it obvious.”
Cafe workers called the owner’s husband for advice, restaurant co-owner Alisa Bermejo told Inside Edition.
“It was a strange message because it looked like it was written in a hurry,” she said. “It was wrong. So we could see that it was someone who was in trouble.”
Restaurant employees called the police, who arrived at the scene around 6:20 am and detained the 32-year-old girl. Kemoy Royal on charges of rape, strangulation, criminal sexual act, false imprisonment, threats, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and sexual assault.
The New York Police Department also accused Royal with attempted rape, sexual assault and assault in a separate case involving a 26-year-old woman on June 15, NBC News reported.
He is currently in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail and his first court appearance is set for Friday, Inside Edition reports.
“Fortunately, the girls took notice,” Bermejo said. “We always keep an eye on notes because we don’t want to make mistakes on customer orders.”
Bermejo said that after the Grubhub driver picked up the order, she and her staff wondered how it all ended – until someone called the restaurant on Monday thanking the staff for their help.
“We were very happy,” Bermejo told CBS News.
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