Cheryl Treadway was being held hostage with her three children by her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson. He had taken Treadway’s cell phone and demanded that he accompany her to pick up their children from school. He was also carrying a large knife.
After the two returned to Treadway’s home with the children, she was able to convince Nickerson to let her use her phone and place an online pizza order at their local Pizza Hut. Treadway included the message “Please help. Get 911 to me,” in the section for her delivery instructions, as well the message “911hostage help!” Chef Alonia Hawk spotted the message on the order, alerted her manager who then called 911.
Police and a hostage negotiator were able to convince Nickerson to come out peacefully after 20 minutes. He was 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.
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