Chicago Police Rescued 80-Year-Old Woman Taken Hostage After Her Failure to Complete Wordle Sparked Alarm

Chicago Police Rescued 80-Year-Old Woman Taken Hostage After Her Failure to Complete Wordle Sparked Alarm

Chicago police rescued an 80-year-old woman held hostage by a bloodied, naked attacker after her daughter raised the alarm because she didn’t send a solution to Daytime Wordle.

  • Denise Holt was asleep in a Chicago bed on Feb. 5 when a naked, mentally ill man broke into her home and climbed into her bed.
  • He then dragged her into the shower and then into the bath before locking her in a windowless basement bathroom.
  • Her eldest daughter Meredith from Seattle noticed that her mother was not responding to text messages or sending her the daily Wordle.
  • Meredith called the police, and after several hours of confrontation, the man was stunned and arrested, while Holt was rescued unharmed.

An 80-year-old woman was rescued from a 17-hour hostage situation at her own home in Chicago after the police were called when she failed to send a completed Wordle to her daughter.

Denise Holt, who lives in Chicago’s Lincolnwood neighborhood, was sleeping on February 5 when a naked mentally ill man broke into her home.

“I didn’t think I would survive,” she told CBS News. “I was shocked. I tried to survive.

The 32-year-old, who cut himself after breaking glass in her windows to get into her house, pointed a pair of scissors at Holt and then got into bed with her.

“He said he wouldn’t hurt me and wouldn’t molest me,” she said, explaining that she tried to remain calm.

Denise Holt, 80, spoke about the horrific Feb. 5 break-in at her Chicago home and how she was rescued after her daughter noticed she didn't finish her daily Wordle.

Denise Holt, 80, spoke about the horrific Feb. 5 break-in at her Chicago home and how she was rescued after her daughter noticed she didn’t finish her daily Wordle.

Police are seen outside Holt's home in Chicago's Lincolnwood neighborhood on February 6.

Police are seen outside Holt’s home in Chicago’s Lincolnwood neighborhood on February 6.

The man then dragged her into the shower in her nightgown, but said he wasn’t warm enough, so he forced them both into the bath.

He then yanked her out and, soaked to the skin, walked through the house, taking two kitchen knives, turning off the phones, before locking her in the basement bathroom.

Holt did the exercises to keep warm in the bathroom, which had no windows and was barricaded with a chair.

“I marched and stretched as best I could,” she said.

Holt’s eldest daughter, Meredith Holt-Caldwell, who lives in Seattle, noticed that her mother didn’t text back or send her the daily Wordle, which she never missed.

Meredith Holt-Caldwell, who lives in Seattle, has noticed that her mother does not respond to her messages or send her daily Wordle messages.

Meredith Holt-Caldwell, who lives in Seattle, has noticed that her mother does not respond to her messages or send her daily Wordle messages.

Holt was unable to send her daily Wordle to her daughter, causing alarm and prompting Holt-Caldwell to call the police.

Holt was unable to send her daily Wordle to her daughter, causing alarm and prompting Holt-Caldwell to call the police.

“I travel around the country and noticed this,” said Holt-Caldwell.

“I never thought in a million years that this was happening, but it was.”

The police were called and an hour-long standoff ensued, during which the officers eventually used a stun gun through a hole in the door to subdue and arrest the man.

Holt praised the police, thanked them for saving her.

The man is in custody pending a psychiatric evaluation.

How does Wordle work?

  • Players visit the Wordle website each day to try and guess the day’s five-letter word.
  • You are given six moves to guess the word.
  • After each guess, the correct letters in the correct place turn green, and the correct letters in the wrong place turn yellow.
  • Any letters that turn gray can be ignored as they are not in the word.
  • Players can share their attempts on social networks in the form of colored grids.
  • There is only one Wordle per day.

Hundreds of thousands of fans play Wordle, which aims to guess one five-letter word, known as

Hundreds of thousands of fans play Wordle, which aims to guess one five-letter word, known as “Wordle”, in six attempts.

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