Timely presence of mind to use the Pizza Hut App saves a woman and her children from being held hostage
Cheryl Treadway, a woman from Florida on Monday afternoon used the comments section in the Pizza Hut order she had made from her smartphone to notify authorities that she and her children were being held hostage. The police responded to her message by arriving at the location and arresting the kidnapper. Further, she and her children were quickly released without being harmed.
Cheryl Treadway, who resided at Avon Park, about 85 miles southeast of Tampa, had been quarreling most of the day with her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, who carried “a large knife”, as reported in the press release of Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the agency, Mr. Nickerson tried to grapple Ms. Treadway when she tried to leave the house to pick up her children. He then took away her cell phone. However, he did not stop at this. He later escorted Ms. Treadway to the school to pick up the children. Once home, Ms. Treadway after a lot of efforts finally assured Mr. Nickerson to part away with her cell phone. She then used her cell phone to order a pizza, which is when she sent the message to Pizza Hut seeking for help. Mr. Nickerson immediately took the cell phone from Ms. Treadway as soon as the pizza order was placed.
As reported by WFLA, a local television station, it said that it was her regular order, a “hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni.”
The Pizza Hut employees understood that Ms. Treadway’s comments for help could be genuine, as soon as they saw her order.
Officers were send to both the Pizza Hut location and to Treadway’s home, where one cop assured Nickerson to stand down and allow the kidnapped victims to go.
“We’ve never seen that before,” the restaurant’s manager, Candy Hamilton, told WFLA. “I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.