9-1-1? There’s an app for that.
Emergency personnel to your door in 30 minutes or less?
That was exactly the case for one sharp-thinking woman in Avon Park, Florida who used a Pizza Hut online order to ask for help after she and three children were allegedly held hostage by her knife-wielding boyfriend.
Cheryl Treadway ordered a pepperoni pizza over the internet with her phone and included a couple of cryptic messages. In the delivery instructions section, she wrote “Please help. Get 911 to me.” In a different area, she added “911 hostage help!”
Treadway and her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson had reportedly been arguing throughout the day. Nickerson took away her cell phone and temporarily returned it to her just so she could order a pizza.
The notes were spotted by pizza cook Alonia Hawk, who said, “I was kinda scared. I was scared for the person.”
Pizza Hut manager Candy Hamilton added, “We immediately called 911.”
Shortly after, hostage negotiator Lt. Curtis Ludden arrived at Treadway’s door and she ran outside with one of her kids.
“[Cheryl] comes running toward us, but two kids are still in the house with a person who’s on narcotics and you don’t know their mindset with a knife, and we need to get them out.”
Nickerson eventually surrendered. He was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, false imprisonment, battery and obstruction of justice.
Ethan Nickerson’s mugshot