A Florida mother-of-three who was held hostage by her meth-addicted boyfriend has been rescued by police, after she wrote “get 911” on an online pizza order.
Ethan Nickerson, 26, had been arguing all day with his girlfriend, Cheryl Treadway, 25, on Monday when he started sharpening a knife in front of her, according to the police.
Ethan refused to let Cheryl out of his sight or use her phone, but she managed to convince him to give her a phone so she could put in an order at Pizza Hut through the chain’s online app. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Ethan Nickerson, pictured in his mug shot left, was allegedly holding his girlfriend, Cheryl Treadway, pictured right, hostage on Monday when she used a Pizza Hut app to get help.
Cheryl ordered a pepperoni pizza and added:
Please help. Get 911 to me. 911 hostage help!
When the order was received at the Pizza Hut in Avon Park, Florida, at around 3.40 pm, staff recognized it as being placed by a regular customer.
After reading the plea for help, the workers contacted the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
2. Using Pizza Hut’s online app, she wrote a message saying: “Please help. Get 911 to me… 911 hostage help!” Staff at the restaurant saw the request and immediately contacted authorities.
Candy Hamilton, the restaurant’s manager, told WFLA:
We’ve never seen that before. I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.
When the officers arrived at the home, Treadway escaped from the house, carrying a baby in her arms, and told them that Nickerson had a knife.
At first, the man refused to leave the home, telling police that he did not want to go to jail, however after 20 minutes, officers were able to convince him to come out.
3. The restaurant’s manager, Candy Hamilton, said that staff recognized the address as a regular customer and immediately contacted the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
Nickerson was taken into custody and officers safely removed the other two children from the home. No one was harmed.
Officers said that Nickerson may have been high on meth when he held his family hostage, according to WFLA.
Treadway told police that her boyfriend had grabbed her as she tried to leave the home earlier that day to pick up the children from school, but eventually went with her. Lieutenant Chris Ludden said:
If I’m standing there with a knife in my hand, sharpening it, and looking at you in a menacing way and make a statement that, “I’m going to kill you”, and I’ve already done some violence to you, ya know how are you going to take that message?
4. She had ordered the pizza through the app, pictured, when her boyfriend briefly gave her a phone.
Police praised Treadway for her quick and creative thinking.
Nickerson has now been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.
Posts on Facebook indicate that Nickerson is the father of Treadway’s three sons.
Police records show that Nickerson has been arrested on multiple occasions since 2007, on varying charges including battery, battery on law enforcement, damage to property, public intoxication, vehicle theft, DUI and forgery.
5. A Highlands woman held hostage asks for help in an online pizza order — a WFLA report.
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