Wordle Ends Up Saving 80-Year-Old Woman from Hostage Situation

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If you play Wordle each day, you know how addicting it can be. The popular online game chooses a 5-letter word—once a day—that users must guess within six tries in order to win the game. You can pick any 5-letter word to begin, and the game tells you whether you have any correct letters, and whether they’re in the right or wrong spot. From there, you continue to make guesses based on your letters until you can solve for the mystery word.

Most people try to solve the Wordle in as few tries as possible. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a Wordle posse, you probably text them each morning to share your final score. That’s what 80-year-old Denyse Holt, does every morning: Play the daily Wordle, and then text her daughters how many tries it took her to solve.

However, on February 6, her daughters didn’t receive that text from Denyse. Could she just not have played the Worlde that day—or was something actually wrong?

One of her daughters, Meridith Holt-Caldwell, was leaning toward the latter. She called her local police and requested a welfare check. And good thing she did, because the unthinkable was happening.

A trespasser entered Holt’s home through a window and got into bed with her, naked and with scissors in hand. He was covered in blood, telling her that he cut himself entering through her window.

“I was in shock,” Holt said. “I was trying to survive — that’s all.”

Holt was able to remain calm, even after the man asked her to take a shower and bath with him, all while she was wearing her nightgown. He then ordered her to come with him around her home as he disconnected her phones and took two knives, saying that he “liked those.” The man then forced her into a bathroom without windows, barricading the door.

“I didn’t think I was going to live,” Holt said.

During the wellness check, a SWAT team was able to take the suspect, 32-year-old James H. Davis III, into custody, who police believe to have mental issues. He is now facing felony charges including home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Fortunately, Holt was not harmed and taken to safety. “I’m very lucky,” Holt said.

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Can you believe how this all went down—and began with a lack of Wordle score?