Thanks to fast-acting employees at an Avon Park, Florida Pizza Hut, Cheryl Treadway and her three children were rescued from a scary hostage situation yesterday (May 5).
Candy Hamilton, manager at the fast food restaurant, printed the order from fellow employee Alonia Hawk, who saw the unusual message on the receipt first.
“It said ‘Please help! Get 911 to me.’ And she placed a pizza order and then down here it said, ‘911 hostage help,” she told WTSP News.
“I was kinda scared. I was scared for the person,” Hawk added.
They wasted no time in calling 911, recognizing Treadway’s name as a frequent customer.
Earlier in the day, Ethan Nickerson, father to Treadway’s children, took her cell phone and insisted on going with her to pick them up from school. When they returned to the house, Treadway managed to convince Nickerson to lend her the phone so that she could order Pizza Hut.
Twenty minutes later, police showed up at Treadway’s home. She managed to escape with one child, but Nickerson remained inside with the other children, armed with a knife and refusing to open the door.
“She comes running toward us but two kids are still in the house with a person who’s on narcotics, and you don’t know how their mindset with a knife, and we need to get them out,” Lt. Curtis Ludden, a hostage negotiator from the Highlands Country Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies quickly apprehended Nickerson, and he has been charged with ” aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.”
Thankfully, no one was hurt.