Woman And Her Children Held Hostage, Use Pizza Ordering App To Get Help

Mom and children are now safe and sound.

Online food ordering apps make life easier, but apparently, they can help save lives too. 

That was the case for Florida resident and mother Cheryl Treadway, who used the Pizza Hut online ordering app to call for help. According to WFLA, her boyfriend was holding her and her three children hostage at knifepoint in their home, Monday, May 4. 

People can add comments to their online orders, usually asking for a sauce on the side or a similar request, but Treadway used the section to save her life. 


"Please help. Get 911 to me," she wrote.

Police report they found Ethan Earl Nickerson, 26, at the house, armed with a knife. He was later arrested and charged with "aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement."

"We've never seen that before," Candy Hamilton, the restaurant's manager, told WFLA. "I've been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through."

It's no surprise that more women are using technology to save themselves from dangerous and potentially fatal situations: Three women die every day because of domestic violence.

Last October, another woman in a domestic violence situation ordered a pizza by phone to ask for help. 

Let's hope these incidents help to raise awareness so that the only reason women order pizzas is to eat them.

(H/T: Upworthy)


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.