Cheryl Treadway ordered a pepperoni pizza and wrote "Please help. Get 911 to me," in the comments section
A quick-thinking Florida mom turned a pizza delivery order into a plea for help while allegedly being held hostage by her boyfriend.
On Monday afternoon, Cheryl Treadway of Avon Park, Florida, used her Pizza Hut app to order a small pepperoni pizza and to ask the pizza makers to place a 911 call on her behalf.
After Treadway and her three children were allegedly held hostage by her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson for several hours, Treadway convinced Nickerson to let her order a pizza. In the spaces for comments and special requests, she wrote, “Please help. Get 911 to me” and “911 hostage help.”
“We’ve never seen that before,” Pizza Hut manager Candy Hamilton told Tampa’s WFLA News Channel 8. “I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.”
The restaurant immediately contacted the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, who sent deputies to the listed delivery location. After getting Treadway and one of her children safely out of the home, Lieutenant Curtis Ludden began working to convince Nickerson, who was armed with a knife, to surrender, WFLA reports.
“His first words were, of course, ‘I’m not coming out because I know I’m going to jail,’ ” Ludden told WFLA.
After 20 minutes, Nickerson agreed to exit the home. Treadway’s other two children, both unharmed, were also then removed from the home. Nickerson was subsequently arrested and charged with accounts of aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.
“I don’t know if I ever would have thought of it. I mean, it’s just something that she did so naturally,” Ludden said of Treadway’s call for help. “The boyfriend never knew about it until he saw us coming around the corner.”
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