This mom uses Pizza as an excuse to save her and her kid’s lives. Find out what happened?
Sometimes situations get so bad in an instance that until you keep a calm and cool head, you might get into much more danger than you are already in. A mother of three came face to face with one such situation where their lives were in danger, but she didn’t lose her cool and found out a way to save her and her kids’ lives. Read to find out how.
1 The unfortunate situation
Cheryl Treadway, 25, is a Florida resident and a mother of three. She lived with her boyfriend 26 year old Ethan Nickerson. Their relationship was not going very smoothly thanks to meth addicted Ethan’s tantrums and things came to a standstill one day when Ethan, who was high on meth held Cheryl and her three kids hostage. This all began on a Tuesday when both of them argued the whole day and when Cheryl went out to get her kids from school, Ethan took her cell phone away and followed her all the way to and back from school. The situation got worse when Ethan started wielding a large knife and held the kids and Cheryl hostage. After calming Ethan a bit, Cheryl got an idea to ask for help and that probably saved her and her kids’ life.
2 The brilliant way out
Throughout the day, the kids and Cheryl had not eaten anything and finally in afternoon, Cheryl convinced Ethan to give her phone back so that she could order a pizza for the kids and herself. She used the Pizza hut app on her phone to order a pizza from her favorite outlet which she frequented. In the space where you write the special toppings for the pepperoni pizza, Cheryl smartly added a message saying, “Please help. Get 911 to me. 911 hostage help!” This was a safe way to ask for help which didn’t involved calling the hotel or anything and since she frequented the place and also ordered regularly, she was hopeful that the staff would recognize the name and address and send for help.
3 The help arrives in time
When the ordered arrived at the Pizza Hut branch, the employees were shocked to see such a message and immediately recognized that the order was from a regular customer and recognized that it was not a prank. “We’ve never seen that before,” the restaurant’s manager, Candy Hamilton, told local news. “I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through.” The staff immediately contacted the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and showed them the message and deputies were dispatched immediately to Cheryl’s residence. They got Cheryl and one kid out safely and then Lieutenant Curtis Ludden started negotiations with Ethan to surrender and send out the other 2 children out safely. Finally after 20 minutes, Ethan surrendered and Cheryl’s quick thinking saved her and her kids from a bad situation.
Ethan was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.