Florida woman's online order asks for pizza, police help

The note led to the arrest of Nickerson, who used a large knife to hold his girlfriend and their children hostage


Reuters May 07, 2015
The note led to the arrest of Nickerson, who used a large knife to hold his girlfriend and their children hostage. PHOTO: YAHOO

Employees at a Pizza Hut in Florida were praised for helping rescue a customer who wrote a message in her online pizza order that she was being held hostage and needed someone to call 911, authorities said.

The note led to the arrest of Ethan Nickerson, 26, who used a large knife to hold his girlfriend and their three children hostage, said Highlands County sheriff's spokeswoman Nell Hays.

PHOTO: WFLA

Read: KFC delivers to Dubai beach by helicopter 

The Pizza Hut employees "not only saw something but they acted on it," Nell said.

Cheryl Treadway, 25, was a regular customer at a Pizza Hut in Avon Park in central Florida, which took seriously her plea in the comments section of an online order on Monday.

"Who would have thought of that?" the sheriff said.

After deputies arrived at the house, Ethan surrendered peacefully. Cheryl and the couple's three children, aged 1, 5 and 6, did not appear seriously harmed, authorities said.

The girlfriend told deputies that she and Ethan had been arguing all day while he held a knife and took away her cell phone.

Ethan rode along with her to pick up the children at school, and later gave her back her cell phone only long enough to order pizza, the sheriff's office said.

PHOTO: CNET

Read: 'Pure diamond rings' gifted to all guests at a royal wedding in Kuwait 

Ethan remained in jail on Wednesday facing charges of kidnapping, battery causing bodily harm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and obstruction of justice, according to jail records. Bond was set at $45,000.

COMMENTS

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read