A Florida mom used a Pizza Hut app to save her and her children during a hostage crisis. Monday afternoon a Pizza Hut in Avon Park, Florida, received an online order with an unusual request in the comment section, asking for them to send help, call 9-1-1 that the customer was being held hostage, according to authorities.
Cheryl Treadway and her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson also from Avon Park, Florida, had been fighting all day over his drug problem. He became angrier and took he cell phone away. She tried to leave at one point to pick up the children from school, but Nickerson would not let her and allegedly grabbed her arm and pulled a knife on her. He then insisted on accompanying her to the school. Shortly after they returned home Treadway was able to convince Nickerson to let her use her phone to order a pepperoni pizza. Once the order was completed Nickerson took the phone away from her, according to the arrest report.
The Florida Pizza Hut employees who knew Treadway as a customer, took the threat seriously and manager Cathy Hamilton called police. Hamilton admitted that in all her years at the Florida store she has never seen a mother use the Pizza Hut app to save herself.
The Highland County Sheriff sent police to her home, when they arrive Treadway met them at the door holding a child. Authorities said, that she told them her boyfriend Nickerson had a knife, and that two children still remained in the house with him. Once she and the child she was carrying were brought to safety, police were soon able to convince Nickerson to come out of the house, despite him expressing fears of going to jail. It took about twenty minutes of negotiations to get him outside. The two children who remained in the home were unharmed.
Impressed with Treadway, Lt. Curtis Ludden was not sure if he would have thought of doing what she did. He went on to say that her boyfriend had no idea what she did until officer showed up.