[Trending Now] Woman Who Was Held Hostage by Her Boyfriend Used the Pizza Hut App to Get Help!
The first instinct that an individual has once he or she is kidnapped is to get help from absolutely anyone - even if that means employi...
The first instinct that an individual has once he or she is kidnapped is to get help from absolutely anyone - even if that means employing the most unlikely of means.
This was what Cheryl Treadway did when she was held hostage at knifepoint by her own boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson.
Urbo reported that Treadway and her three children were held hostage by Nickerson, who was allegedly high on methamphetamine during the incident.
Methamphetamine or crystal meth - colloquially known in the Philippines as 'shabu' - is a highly potent drug. According to Drug Free World, it systematically destroys the body and “burns up the body’s resources.”
The source cited that Nickerson and Treadway had an argument earlier during the day which prompted the hostage-taking incident.
Although the details of their argument were not disclosed, it reportedly led to Nickerson threatening his girlfriend with a knife. He also started acting in a weird, erratic manner.
Afterwards, when Treadway decided to pick up her children from school (apparently, she was a single mom), Nickerson insisted on going with her.
He then took her phone and kept it with him.
When they arrived home, Nickerson refused to let Treadway and the children go, taking them hostage at knifepoint. As the day went on, Treadway appealed to Nickerson to let her order a pizza from Pizza Hut.
The source cited that she was a regular customer of the popular food chain.
Nickerson agreed and let her use her cell phone, where Treadway was able to use the Pizza Hut app as a means to communicate with the outside.
She loaded the app up and ordered a standard pepperoni pizza. In the ‘special notes’ field of the order, she typed “911 hostage help!” to get her message across and hoped that the employees of Pizza Hut would get the message.
Chef Alonia Hawk noticed the ‘special note’ and said in an interview, "I was kinda scared. I was scared for the person.”
The Pizza Hut staff immediately called the police once they saw Treadway's message.
Candy Hamilton, the store manager, said, “We’ve never seen that before. I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.”
To Nickerson’s surprise, instead of a delivery guy bringing a pizza box, the police knocked on the door.
When Treadway saw them, she immediately alerted them of their situation. However, Nickerson still held two of the children hostage.
The report cited that he “barricaded” himself in the house for a total of 20 minutes before he surrendered without further incident.
Nickerson was charged with aggravated assault, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice.
The police, meanwhile, praised Treadway for her quick thinking. Lt. Curtis Ludden of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office said, “I don’t know if I ever would have thought of it.”
He continued, “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.”
Wow! What do you think about Treadway’s ingenious plan? If you were placed in the same situation, what would you have done?
Let us know below!