The Pizza Hut app saved a woman and her two children from an ex boyfriend armed with a knife. The Florida woman sent a message to the Pizza Hut location after convincing her captor to let her order pizza for herself and the children.
The woman wrote, ” Please help. get 911 to me.” in the delivery instructions and adding “911hostage help!” to the order.
When the order appeared at a local Pizza Hut, the store employees contacted the police who responded and were able to gain the release of the woman and her two children without any harm. The police arrested the kidnapper who was an ex boyfriend with a large knife.
In this case it helped that the order came from a regular customer and the shop employees were able to figure out that it was not a prank.
You can see the Pizza Hut order that saved this family in the image above from WFLA, with the two messages entered in for employees to see. The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on the event, crediting the woman’s quick thinking. The report outlines what led up to the event,
According to the arrest report, the couple had been arguing throughout the day while Mr. Nickerson carried a large knife. When Ms. Treadway attempted to leave the residence to pick up the children from school, Mr. Nickerson grabbed her and took her cell phone. He then accompanied Ms. Treadway to pick up the children. Upon returning home, Ms. Treadway eventually convinced Mr. Nickerson to let her use the cell phone to order a pizza which is when she sent the message to Pizza Hut. Immediately after the pizza order was placed, Mr. Nickerson took the cell phone back from her.
After the message arrived, the police dispatched to the Pizza Hut location and then to the woman’s home in Avon Lake, Florida where an officer was able to talk the kidnapper into giving himself up after a 20 minute conversation.
Ultimately this standoff ended without violence or harm coming to the victims thanks to quick thinking and attentive employees who worked with the police to deliver help instead of pizza.
This is not the first time a victim of domestic violence used a call for pizza to get help. A 2015 Super Bowl commercial shared a real-life phone call from a woman in a similar situation who called 911 to get help and pretended to order a pizza. The video above shows this phone call as part of a NFL ad against domestic violence.