A New York woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted and held against her will used food delivery app Grubhub to issue a surreptitious call for help that eventually led to her rescue, according to media reports.
Citing local authorities, New York ABC affiliate WABC reported that the 24-year-old woman had her phone taken by her 32-year-old alleged captor following the assault.
She could only get it back by asking to order food on the app.
In her order for a burger and a breakfast sandwich, placed at around 5am on Sunday with the nearby Chipper Truck Cafe, the woman included the hastily typed instructions "please call the police ... please don't make it obvious".
She also asked that officers show up with the delivery, according to a copy of the receipt shown to WABC.
In an interview, restaurant co-owner Alice Bermejo told the outlet: "They'd seen the note on the order and called my husband and said 'What should we do?' And he said, 'Call the police'."
A 24-year-old woman used Grubhub to contact police while she was allegedly being held hostage in the Bronx over the weekend, according to a criminal complaint. https://t.co/cGF201l3ci— CNN (@CNN) June 23, 2022
Officers went to the address in the Eastchester neighborhood of the Bronx and arrested a 32-year-old man.
He is now being charged with predatory sexual assault, rape, committing a criminal sexual act and sexual abuse, CNN reported, citing a police complaint.
The man has also been linked to a separate sexual assault four days earlier.
He is now facing additional charges of strangulation, sexual abuse and attempted criminal sexual act, according to the outlet.