Woman held hostage uses Pizza Hut app to save herself and children

As can be seen on the PizzaHut receipt, Treadway used a section of the online form meant for additional notes to write, “Please help. Get 911 to me,” and “911 hostage help!”

The man who took the woman hostage and the Pizzahut receipt showing the woman's cry for help

According to a press release by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, a Florida woman, Cheryl Treadway and her children were being held against their will by her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson.

The statement says that Nickerson refused to allow Treadway make calls or send text, so she used the PizzaHut app to send a discrete cry for help.

An excerpt from the Sheriff’s Office press release:

“According to the arrest report, the couple had been arguing throughout the day while Mr. Nickerson carried a large knife. When Ms. Treadway attempted to leave the residence to pick up the children from school, Mr. Nickerson grabbed her and took her cell phone. He then accompanied Ms. Treadway to pick up the children. Upon returning home, Ms. Treadway eventually convinced Mr. Nickerson to let her use the cell phone to order a pizza.”

As can be seen on the PizzaHut receipt, Treadway used a section of the online form meant for additional notes to to write, “Please help. Get 911 to me,” and “911 hostage help!”

Police arrived at the home of the woman and talked Nickerson into surrendering himself. No one was hurt physically, thankfully. The PizzaHut manager Candy Hamilton had this to say; "We've never seen that before. I've been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through."

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