A Highland woman held hostage by her boyfriend inserted a message asking for help through her online pizza order slip. On the ‘DI’ section of her slip, she wrote: “Please help. Get 911 to me.” On the section where she detailed her order, she wrote: “Classic pepperoni, Garlic, 911 hostage help.”
Pizza Hut Order slip saves Highland woman held hostage
Cheryl Treadway was being held hostage together with her three children by her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson. He was carrying a knife as he interacted with Treadway and her children. At about 3:40 p.m., Treadway was able to convince Nickerson to order pizza, WFLA TV reported.
At Pizza Hut in Avon Park
The Pizza Hut in Avon Park received an online order for a small hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni. However, the staff saw Treadway’s secret message under the comments section. They have received orders from Treadway before, but this was the only time she wrote comments that were out of the ordinary.
“We’ve never seen that before. I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through,” the restaurant’s manager, Candy Hamilton, told WFLA TV.
The secret message was first seen by Chef Alonia Hawk. She instantly knew something was wrong. She recognized Treadway as a regular customer, and she had never done this before.
“I was kinda scared. I was scared for the person,” Hawk told 10News.
The staff then called the Highland’s County Sherriff’s Office for help. Deputies responded as soon as possible. Treadway and her children were escorted safely.
Investigators said Nickerson was high on Meth at the time of the hostage and upon the arrest of the deputy. He was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment and obstructing justice.
Chief Deputy Mark Schrader lauded Treadway for her smarts. He also praised the quick response from Lt. Curtis Ludden, Sgt Dave Stewart, Deputy Robert Livesay and Deputy Chad Douberley.
Treadway’s quick-thinking lauded by police
Ludden said that Treadway’s quick-thinking is extraordinary.
“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?” Ludden said.
“I don’t know if I ever would have thought of it. 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,” he said.
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