NEW YORK (VINnews) — A woman who had been kidnapped in New York City was rescued Sunday after sending a note asking for help through the food service app Grubhub. The woman sent an order to the Chipper Truck Cafe, a Yonkers Restaurant and added in the note section a request to the restaurant workers to call police.
“Please call the police his going to call me when u delivered come with the cones please don’t make it obvious,” wrote the 24-year old woman in the “Additional Information” section of her order.
A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said that the woman had placed the order shortly after 5am eastern time.
“I’ve often heard of this happening but never thought it would happen to us,” read the post. “Thankfully we were open and able to help her.”
The owner of the restaurant said that workers at her Cafe thought the note might be a prank but her husband took it seriously and called police, stating that “we can’t take any risk or chance.”
Police arrived at the address at 6:20 AM, according to an NBC news report and were let in by the kidnapper, who thought they were delivering food. They were able to rescue the woman, who was taken to an area hospital.
The woman called the restaurant the next day, thanking the Chipper Truck Cafe team for their help.
“It’s insane. You never think you’re going to be the person to do that or that the situation is going to happen to you,” said employee Alicia Berme to CBS.
The 32-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with multiple counts including attempted rape, assault and sexual abuse,as well as a second charge of attempted rape of another woman the week before.