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23rd Jun 2022

Irish Chipper Truck café in New York helps rescue hostage

Katy Thornton

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The café’s intervention disrupted a 5 hour hostage situation.

Chipper Truck café, based in the Bronx New York and co-owned by Leitrim woman Alice O’Brien Bermejo, faced quite the dilemma earlier in the week. The 24 hour café is based in Yonkers, and was launched seven years ago. They do all the Irish classics, from breakfast rolls, to boxty, to Irish peas and gravy chips.

Who would have thought that the Irish Chipper Truck café would be the saviours in a hostage situation? The café shared their story on Instagram, with an image of the message they received via delivery service GrubHub.

Chipper Truck Café’s caption read as such:

This morning around 5 am a girl was saved from a 5 hour hostage situation. She ordered a delivery through Grubhub to our restaurant and added this note. Our staff responded immediately and called the police and she got saved. I’ve often heard of this happening but never thought it would happen to us. Thankfully we were open and able to help her.”

The note stated: “Please call the police” as well as “don’t make it obvious.” The staff on duty got in touch with Alice’s husband and co-owner Valentino, who phoned the NYPD. According to Irish Central, the police took care of it, saving the hostage just after 6am. The suspect was arrested then “on charges of rape, strangulation, criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and sexual abuse.”

GrubHub is now set to award the café $5,000 to thank them for their quick thinking. We are so proud of the Irish Chipper Truck café for how they handled the hostage situation. Next time we’re in New York, we’ll be hitting them up for sure.

Header image via Instagram/chippertruckcafeyonkers

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