A Florida mom held hostage by her knife-wielding boyfriend came up with a brilliant plan — ordered a pizza online with a secret message for the police:
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigators say at 3:40 p.m. Monday an online pizza order was received by the Pizza Hut in Avon Park. Under the comments section there was a message asking them to send help and call 911 as the customer was being held hostage.
Pizza Hut employees recognized the order as being from a frequent customer, but the comments were out of the ordinary.
“We’ve never seen that before,” the restaurant’s manager, Candy Hamilton, said. “I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.”
Deputies responded to the Pizza Hut and to the delivery location for the order.
Upon arrival at the home, deputies were greeted by Cheryl Treadway who was carrying a small child in her arms. She told deputies that her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, was in the home armed with a knife and that her other two children were also in the home with him. After she was escorted to safety, deputies approached the home.
Nickerson eventually surrendered himself peacefully, but there’s no word on the fate of the pizza.