A Florida mother held hostage by her boyfriend used the Pizza Hut app to notify police she needed help, authorities said.
Cheryl Treadway, 25, was allegedly being held at knife point in her home by Ethan Nickerson, 26, in Avon Park on Monday, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News today.
“She was held hostage by him all day,” Public Information Officer Nell Hays said.
Treadway and Nickerson’s three, young children were also present during the incident, authorities said, noting that the incident was sparked by an argument the couple had.
Nickerson took away Treadway’s phone, police said, but she was eventually able to persuade him to let her order a pizza using her Pizza Hut app.
“She told him, ‘The kids are hungry. Let’s order a pizza. Let’s get them some food,'” Hays said, noting that’s when Treadway was able to sneak in a written message through the delivery.
Along with her order of a small, classic pepperoni pizza, she wrote: “Please help. Get 911 to me,” according to police. She also wrote: “911hostage help!”
Pizza Hut employees notified the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, who then went to the woman’s home.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Olivia Smith