Mom Saves 3 Kids Held Hostage by Her Boyfriend After Sending Secret Message to Pizza Hut

This mother in Florida really had to think creatively under pressure in order to save herself and her kids.

Cheryl Treadway and her three children were being held captive by her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, pictured below. He was keeping them all inside with a knife, and Cheryl was terrified for her children’s safety. With limited resources, she asked to order pizza for her kids.


Thinking it was harmless, Nickerson allowed Cheryl to place an online order using a phone. He quickly snatched the phone back as soon as the order was complete, but it was just enough time for Cheryl to get out the SOS through her Pizza Hut app.

She used the comment section to alert the local Pizza Hut that her family was in danger and she needed the police!

In the delivery instructions, she wrote, “Please help. Get 911 to me.”

In another of the section of the notes, she added “911 hostage help!”

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The store manager, Candy Hamilton, recognized the address from the regular customer and took the cry for help very seriously.

She immediately alerted the police, and officers from the Highland County Sheriff Department arrived to find Nickerson using a knife to hold the woman and her children hostage. Luckily, they were able to apprehend him and save the family with no injuries.

“I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through,” said Hamilton.

Nickerson has been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and obstruction of justice, among other things. It is believed he also may have been under the influence of meth at the time of the attack.

Praise God for giving this mama the quick thinking needed to cry for help and for instilling the manager with the gut intuition that saved her children’s lives.

In matters of delivering a large pepperoni pizza and fighting crime all in the same run, the answer is “Yes, there’s an app for that.”

Check out more from this incredible story in the video below:

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