When Denise Holt failed to text her daily Wordle score, her daughter knew something must be wrong. Hours later a police SWAT team rescued an 80-year-old Chicago woman from a naked domestic intruder who had taken her hostage with a pair of scissors.
On the night of February 5, Holt was alone at home when a man broke into his house and fired scissors at him.
The man—identified as James H. Davis III—aged 32—was naked and cut and covered in blood after breaking a window to gain entry.
Police suspect that Davis is suffering from mental illness.
Holt said that Davis assured her that he would not harm her, but he forced her to take a bath with her, fully clothed, before locking her in the basement.
She said she did stretching and meditative breathing to stay warm and calm.
“I didn’t think I was going to live,” she told the local CBS station.
Holt’s eldest daughter, Meredith Holt-Caldwell, who lives in Seattle, said for the first time that something was wrong when her mother didn’t send her Rose Wordle Score.
The game involves guessing one five-letter word per day in only six attempts. Its popularity has skyrocketed since the beginning of the year, with millions of people playing it daily.
Holt said the missing score was “upsetting” for her daughter—who knew her mother never missed this part of her routine.
When her mother also failed to answer Holt-Caldwell’s text messages, she called the Chicago police.
They did her mother’s health check-up on 6 February, only to find that she was being held hostage in her own house.
The standoff between the police and Davis lasted for an hour. SWAT officers eventually use a stun gun to disable him and save Holt.
Police say Davis faces a variety of charges including domestic assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping.
Holt was in shock after his rescue, but otherwise he was not harmed.
“I never thought in a million years this was happening, but it was,” she told CBS. “I am very lucky.”
the new York Times announced In late January it bought Wordley for “an undisclosed price in the following seven digits”.
Other versions of the game have sprung up around the world in languages ranging from German to Urdu.