Woman Uses Pizza Hut App To Save Her Family From Hostage Situation
A Florida woman and her three children were allegedly being held hostage by her boyfriend when she offered to order a pizza on the Pizza Hut app, which included a message that led to their rescue.
Cheryl Treadway and her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, had, reportedly, been fighting through out the day on Tuesday, May 5 when Nickerson pulled a knife on Treadway when she attempted to leave the house to pick her three children up from school. Nickerson then took her cell phone and followed Treadway to the school to pick up her kids. Upon arriving at the house Treadway convinced Nickerson to give her her phone back so she could order a pizza through her Pizza Hut smartphone app. Little did Nickerson know that her order included messages like "Please help. Get 911 to me." and "911 hostage help".
According to Buzzfeed "Pizza Hut employees recognized the order as from a
frequent customer, however the comments were out of the ordinary, so they
called the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the situation,” police said.” Once police arrived at the house it took deputies 20 minutes to convince Nickerson to come outside where he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.
Thanks to Cheryl Treadway's quick thinking her and her children are safe. You can see the Pizza Hut receipt with Cheryl Treadway's message for help on the WFLA News website.