New York: 32-year-old woman hostage alerted police via delivery company

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A New Yorker who was sexually assaulted and held hostage by the perpetrator managed to notify the authorities using an app for home delivery, according to US media.

According to the local TV channel WABC, the alleged perpetrator, a 32-year-old, had taken her mobile phone from the 24-year-old. She then asked him to give it back to her to order food through the Grubhub app.

Around 5 a.m. Sunday, the young woman ordered a burger and a sandwich from a nearby store, the Chipper Truck Café. And in the “instructions” he managed to write a few phrases:

“Please call the police (…) Discreetly, please.” He also asked a police officer to take over the food, according to a copy of the order presented by the channel.

Employees “saw the footnote on the order and called my husband,” said coffee co-owner Alice Bermejo.

“They asked him what to do and he told them to call the police.”

So, the police went to the address indicated by the 24-year-old, in a neighborhood of the Bronx and arrested the man. The perpetrator and the victim had met through an acquaintance application, according to CNN.

The 32-year-old is being prosecuted for rape and sexual abuse. He is also suspected of another sexual assault, four days earlier.

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