WASHINGTON (TIP): Dial pizza for rescue! A quick- thinking woman in the US, who was being held hostage by her boyfriend, saved herself and her children from possible harm by sending a SOS message in an online pizza order.
Cheryl Treadway made an online pizza order, for a small hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni, to Pizza Hut in Avon Park, Florida.
Under the comments section there was a message asking them to send help and call 911 as the customer was being held hostage, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigators said.
Pizza Hut employees recognised the order as being from a frequent customer. But, the comments were out of the ordinary so they called the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the situation.
“We’ve never seen that before,” the restaurant’s manager, Candy Hamilton was quoted as saying by WFLA-TV.
“I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through,” he said.
Deputies responded to the Pizza Hut and to the delivery location for the order. Upon arrival at the home, deputies were greeted by Treadway who was carrying a small child in her arms.
She told deputies that her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, was in the home armed with a knife and that her other two children were also in the home with him. After she was escorted to safety, deputies approached the home.
Lieutenant Curtis Ludden began to speak with Nickerson through the closed door of the home.
After about 20 minutes, Lieutenant Ludden was able to talk him into coming out peacefully. The other two children were then removed from the home, unharmed.
Deputies believe Nickerson may have been high on Meth at the time of the hostage situation. According to the arrest report, the couple had been arguing throughout the day.
When Treadway attempted to leave the residence to pick up the children from school, Nickerson grabbed her and took her cell phone. He then accompanied Treadway to pick up the children.
Upon returning home, Treadway eventually convinced Nickerson to let her use the cell phone to order a pizza which is when she sent the message to Pizza Hut.