In an incredibly scary situation, Cheryl Treadway and her three children were held hostage by her boyfriend.
But the mom was able to save them — by sneaking a plea for help into an order using the Pizza Hut app.
Cheryl, who lives in Florida, ordered a classic pie with pepperoni. And in the comment section, she wrote, “Please help. Get 911 to me.”
(Photo Credit: WFLA)
The employees of the fast food restaurant called 911 and sent police to Cheryl’s location, where they arrested her 26-year-old boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson. Deputies believe he may have been high on meth at the time.
Ethan Nickerson’s booking photo. (Photo Courtesy: Highlands County Sheriff's Office)
Candy Hamilton, the manager at the Pizza Hut, tells local news affiliate 'WFLA' that she and her coworkers felt the request was “too unusual” to be a prank.
“We’ve never seen that before,” she says. “I’ve been here 28 years and [I’ve] never, never seen nothing like that come through.”
Candy Hamilton shows the alarming request. (Photo Credit: WFLA)
According to a police report, the Highlands County, Fla., couple had been arguing throughout the day while Ethan carried a large knife. When Cheryl attempted to leave the house to pick up her children from school, he insisted on joining her and took her phone away.
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After returning home, she was able to get her cellphone back by convincing him to allow her to order pizza — at which point, she shared her cry for help in her order.
Authorities say all the victims are safe at this time.