One woman singlehandedly ended a terrifying hostage situation simply by placing an order for pizza. Cheryl Treadway ordered a large peperoni pie from the Pizza Hut in Avon Park, Florida, and wrote in the comments section, “911!! Hostage!! Help!!” Her secret message may have saved her and her children’s lives.
After Pizza Hut chef Alonia Hawk saw the message printed on the receipt, she knew she was not dealing with a teenage prankster. After all, Treadway is a frequent customer. The Pizza Hut employee immediately called 911.
"I was kinda scared. I was scared for the person," Hawk told WTSP local news.
After police arrived at Cheryl Treadway’s home, she ran out with one of her children. The other two were locked inside with their father, Ethan Nickerson, who was armed with a knife. Allegedly, the two had been arguing all day. Earlier that day Nickerson had confiscated Treadway’s cell phone, but as she feared for her life and the safety of her children, she managed to get it back to “place an order for Pizza Hut.”
Local hostage deputies managed to get control of the situation and retrieve the two children from the home unharmed. Nickerson was arrested and charged with assault. We really hope that the Pizza Hut employees got a hefty tip for their help in assuring the safety of one of their regular customers.