It's hard to know how a person will react to a dangerous situation without being in one. You can speculate that you'd do this, or you'd do that, but reality always plays out a little differently than expected.
A brilliant woman by the name of Cheryl Treadway kept her cool as she was being held hostage by her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson. Armed with a knife, Nickerson kept Treadway and her three children in their house and as of this moment, the motive is unknown. Treadway asked to order pizza online via her phone that Nickerson had previously confiscated and he obliged. Through the comments section on the order, she was able to contact the people at Pizza Hut about her scary situation.
The Pizza Hut manager, Candy Hamilton, knew that Treadway was a consistent customer and was in danger. The receipt read "Please help. Get 911 to me. 911hostage help!", alerting the restaurant to her situation. Chef Alonia Hawk saw the message first and told the local news, "I was kind of scared. I was scared for the person."
The Highlands County Sheriff's department was dispatched and diffused the situation, getting Treadway out of what could have potentially been a very unhappy ending.
Nickerson gave up without any incident and was charged with battery, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.
So remember guys, when in a bad situation where you can't call or escape, don't panic - text out for help!
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