'Get 911 to Me': Woman Held Hostage Uses Pizza Hut App to Summon Help

Local cops say a woman managed to spring herself and her kids from a hostage situation using, of all things, the Pizza Hut app on her phone.

Via Ars Technica, WFLA reports that, according to the cops, the woman had essentially been trapped at home all day with her knife-sharpening, blade-brandishing boyfriend. (Authorities suspect he might’ve been on meth, too.) He wouldn’t let her leave by herself to get the kids from school, either, confiscating her cell and insisting on coming along. Finally, she got him to hand over the phone specifically so she could order a pizza:

Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigators say at 3:40 p.m. on Monday, May 4th, an online pizza order, for a small hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni, was received by the Pizza Hut in Avon Park. Under the comments section there was a message asking them to send help and call 911 as the customer was being held hostage.

Pizza Hut employees recognized the order as being from a frequent customer. But, the comments were out of the ordinary so they called the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the situation.

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Specifically, she put “Please help. Get 911 to me,” and “911hostage help!”

The cops say they showed up, escorted the woman to safety, and talked the knife-toting man down before taking him into custody. This is perhaps the first time in history Pizza Hut has been good for anybody’s health.

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Photos via screengrab/WFLA


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