Quick, creative thinking can make the difference when it comes to getting out of a dangerous situation. Staying focused when dealing with an unstable and potentially threatening individual is the best way to deal with a stressful circumstance.
Maintaining that level-head is what has often times helped people work with whatever resources are available to come out safe and sound. One mom from Avon Park, Florida, knew she didn’t have the luxury to panic when her boyfriend turned on her and her three kids holding up with a knife.
It all started when Cheryl Treadway and her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson had been fighting all day. When the woman had to leave the house to pick up her kids from school, he wouldn't let her leave without accompanying her. After they got home, things quickly escalated. Treadway couldn’t call 911 with the man around, so she used the help of a phone app to get complete strangers to call the authorities on her behalf.
Cheryl Treadway and her children were held hostage by her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson.
After several hours of being held captive in their home, Treadway convinced Nickerson to let her order pizza for everyone.
Treadway used her phone app to make her order of a small pepperoni pizza.
In the comment section of the order, Treadway wrote, “Please help. Get 911 to me,” and “911 hostage help.”
Pizza Hut manager Candy Hamilton was shocked when they read the note on the order. Treadway was a regular customer at the restaurant and her note alarmed them.
“We’ve never seen that before. I’ve been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through,” explains Hamilton.
The restaurant notified the authorities and deputies from the Highlands County Sheriff's Office were sent to the home.
Lieutenant Curtis Ludden was able to get Treadway and one of the kids out of the house. 20 minutes later, the remaining two children were released.
Nickerson has been 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.
Lieutenant Curtis Ludden praises Treadway for her quick thinking, admitting, “I don’t know if I ever would have thought of it. I mean, it’s just something that she did so naturally.”