Please help! Call 911! These were the words written by a mother when she ordered pizza online. Florida woman used Pizza Hut order app to tell police she was kept hostage.
Monday afternoon, a woman named Cheryl Treadway and her three children were held hostage by her boyfriend who was threatening them with a knife, reported authorities. It seems that the woman kept asking the man to let her use the mobile phone so she can order pizza online from Pizza Hut. She used the excuse that the children were hungry and needed to eat.
She made the order and in the comments sections she wrote a message telling Pizza Hut that she was kept hostage and asked them to call the police, reported the sheriff’s office. The woman was ordering pizza on a regular basis and when her message arrived to Pizza Hut, the employees were alarmed as they knew her as a customer. They immediately called the Highlands County Sheriffs Office and let them know.
Treadway’s method of asking for help was very original, and workers from Pizza Hut admitted that they had never seen something like this happen before.
After authorities have been informed, they went to her house located in Highlands County where they were received by Treadway holding one of her children. She explained police officers that her other two children were inside the house and her boyfriend named Ethan Nickerson was there also and he was carrying a knife, stated authorities.
The woman left with the officers while they tried to convince Nickerson to come out calmly. At the beginning, the man refused to do so, but after 20 minutes he came out.The other two children were also removed from the house safely.
According to the arrest report, it appears that the couple had been having tensed discussion all day long and stated that the suspect was armed with a big sized knife while arguing with the woman.
The woman wished to go pick up her children form school, but he refused to let her go alone and went along with her. After they came back, she practically had to beg him to give her the phone so she could order pizza and as soon as she finished he took the phone away from her.
The woman’s move was indeed original and is something that not many would have thought about. It is something that must have come naturally, stated Lt. Curtis Ludden. Her boyfriend had no idea about what she did, until he saw the police at the house.
Nickerson who is 26 years old, was charged with battery, attack with weapon, false imprisonment and refusing communicate with the representatives of the law. He was arrested and the bail was set at $45,000, according to police statements. It wasn’t known if he had obtained a lawyer and he is supposed to show up for his first court appearance on the 1st of June.
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