Quick-Thinking Woman Held Hostage Uses Grubhub to Alert Police

Quick-thinking actions of a 24-year-old New York woman has lead to the arrest of a 32-year-old man that allegedly held her against her will and sexually assaulted her.

The victim placed an order on the Grubhub food delivery app and left a harrowing note for workers to see: "Please call the police his going to call me when you delivered come with the cones please don't make it obvious."


An order for an Irish breakfast roll and a beef burger at 5:50 a.m. on June 19 reached The Chipper Truck Cafe employees in Yonkers, who sensed something was wrong after reading the seemingly hasty plea in the "additional instructions" field.

Thanks to the astute workers at The Chipper Truck Cafe, they contacted the police, who showed up to the home of Kemo Royal in the Bronx. Royal was identified as the man who had allegedly held the victim against her will and assaulted her, and was subsequently charged with rape, unlawful imprisonment, strangulation, criminal sex act and sexual abuse, among other counts.

The suspect is also charged in the attempted sexual assault of another young woman just a few days prior.

Credit the victim's resourcefulness and wherewithal for contacting the authorities in such a daunting situation.