Woman Being Held Hostage With Her Kids Is Rescued After Sending 'SOS' in Pizza Order

We all heard the story last year of the woman who called the 911 dispatcher under the guise of ordering a pizza and really reported a domestic abuse. Now, another Florida woman, who was being held hostage by her boyfriend, followed a similar plan when she ordered her pizza through her phone app and managed to sneak in a cry for help and alert the police.


Cheryl Treadway, the quick-thinking woman and her three children were in the Florida home while the boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, was armed with a knife. She placed an order through the Pizza Hut app, and in the comment section, left a note asking the workers to call 911 and send help.

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Thankfully, the pizza place manager took the comment seriously and was able to help the woman and her children, and the police were able to diffuse the hostage situation.

Police do believe that Nickerson may have been high on meth when he was arrested, and noted in their reports that the couple had been arguing throughout the day. He has since been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice.

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Authorities are praising Treadway for her clever thinking and inventive ways. "I don't know if I ever would have thought of it," said Lieutenant Curtis Ludden. "I mean, it's just something that she did so naturally. The boyfriend never knew about it until he saw us coming around the corner."

Now, with her children safe, we can all congratulate Treadway on her keen and nimble thinking.

Could you have ever thought to do what this woman did?



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