An 80-year-old woman in the US, who was being held hostage by an intruder, was saved because she had not texted her daily Wordle score to one of her daughters. Wordle is a popular word game, which has recently been bought by the New York Times.

According to media reports, Denyse Holt was woken up by a naked man with a knife in the middle of the night. The 32-year-old intruder also disconnected her phones and took two knives from her kitchen before taking her to the basement and locking her there for 17 hours without food or medication. “I didn’t think I was going to live,” she told CBS Chicago.

Her daughter in Seattle thought something was off when her mother did not text her daily Wordle score. “I didn’t send my older daughter a Wordle in the morning and that was disconcerting to her,” said Holt.


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Friends and family alerted the police, who found a broken window on the first floor of the home and blood when they arrived at Holt’s home. Police told CBS Chicago that the intruder, James H. Davis III, was taken into custody and is facing felony charges. He continued to refuse to surrender but was eventually caught by the police. Davis was charged with home invasion, aggravated kidnapping while armed with a weapon and two counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer.

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