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The unidentified woman, who had agreed to meet a man she had previously chatted with on a dating app, was allegedly assaulted and later raped by the man, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the man took the woman’s phone but she said she was able to retrieve it when she asked the man if she could order food.

A copy of the order, placed through Grubhub, a food delivery service, shows she wrote in the comments section: “please call the police…please don’t make it obvious.”

When the man opened the door while waiting for food delivery, he was greeted by officers from the New York Police Department, according to the complaint.

Bronx man charged with sexual assault and rape

Employees of the Chipper Truck Cafe in Yonkers, New York, received the woman’s Grubhub order and plea for help around 5:20 a.m. on June 19.

Alice Bermejo, one of the restaurant’s owners, told CNN on Wednesday that an employee who saw the note called her husband, who then advised them to call the police.

“It was just a waiting game to see what happened. We didn’t know if it was right or wrong,” Bermejo said.

NYPD officers responded to the address about an hour later and arrested Kemoy Royal, 32, at the scene.

Royal is charged with predatory sexual assault, rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse, according to a criminal complaint.

Royal was arraigned on Sunday and a judge set bail at $25,000 cash. He remains in custody and is due in court Friday, according to court records.

Royal also faces separate charges of strangulation, sexual abuse and attempted criminal sexual act for another alleged sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman about four days earlier, the complaint states. It is not immediately clear how the police linked the two cases.

CNN has reached out to Royal’s attorney for comment.

The owner of the restaurant is grateful that the woman is safe and thanks Grubhub

Bermejo said police officials called Sunday afternoon to let them know the woman’s request for police was real, someone had been arrested and the woman was safe.

She told CNN she was still in shock over what happened, but was grateful the woman was rescued.

“We’re just grateful that the girl is okay. That’s the most important thing,” Bermejo said.

Although she doesn’t know the identity of the woman, Bermejo said she hopes they will meet one day and she can give him a hug.

Grubhub said on Wednesday that their COO reached out to Bermejo on Wednesday morning to offer her $5,000 “that she can invest in her business as our way of recognizing her and (her family) for their quick thinking.”

“Every time we see a simple yet extraordinary act like this, we are amazed at the positive impact our partners have on their communities,” Grubhub said in a statement. “However they decide to use the money, we hope it helps the restaurant and reminds all of their customers what an amazing people (they) are.”

Bermejo said the money will “certainly go to good use”.

“For them to call us and thank us was quite important to us,” Bermejo said. “We are very grateful to them (…) because as everyone knows, the pandemic has been hard on everyone.”

CNN’s Travis Nichols and Emily Chang contributed to this report.


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