They say no good deed goes unpunished, but that’s not the case at Chipper Truck Café. Its owners are rewarded with $5,000 from the Grubhub food delivery service.
“They thanked us for what we did and thank you for paying attention to the ratings, and for their appreciation they wanted to give us a reward,” said restaurant owner Alice Bermejo.
The owners spoke to Eyewitness News reporter Sonia Rincon on Tuesday night about the infamous note that arrived at the restaurant early Sunday morning. The order was accompanied by the instructions “please call the police”, sent by a 24-year-old woman who was being held against her will in a Bronx apartment.
Video from the restaurant shows the moment Bermejo’s daughter and another worker see the woman’s desperate plea.
The police were called and a short time later Kemoy Royal, 32, was arrested.
He faces charges of rape, unlawful imprisonment and other charges.
He was also linked to an unrelated attempted sexual assault days earlier.
Bermejo said Sunday that an award was the last thing on their minds.
“It’s shocking to us, and we’re so grateful that he got caught and the girl is okay,” Bermejo said.
The money will be useful. Like most restaurants, things weren’t going so fast for the cafe during the pandemic. The restaurant had to let its delivery driver go to cut costs.
Owners have turned to services like Uber Eats and Door Dash, and for the past few months, Grubhub.
“Right now my head is in a fog, so I don’t know, but we could definitely use it, with everything that’s happened during the pandemic, it will definitely be put to good use,” Bermejo said. .
The 32-year-old suspect is being held on $200,000 bond.
In the meantime, the congratulations are linked. The Yonkers City Council also plans to honor the owners of the cafe.
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