Here is a case of stalking at it’s best — or worst. If you’ve considered online dating, you may want to cap your chimney first. Thirty-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, a Thousand Oaks, California resident met a man, Lawrence Hernandez, through an online dating network. Lawrence says they dated about six times, then he decided to break it off, according to KTLA News.
Not long after the breakup, Genoveva climbed up on his roof when he wasn’t home, and tried to squeeze herself down Lawrence’s chimney. Genoveva got stuck about eight feet down the chimney. Nearby residents in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive called police around 5:45a.m. after hearing a woman crying in the area.
ABC 7 reports that by 6 a.m., Thousand Oaks Police Department arrived at the scene to discover Genoveva wedged in the chimney unable to move with her hands outstretched above her head. The police quickly called the Ventura County Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team for help.
The VCFD’s Capt. Mike Lindbery reports to KTLA News that the firefighters had to use a jackhammer and remove each brick one by one in order to reach Genoveva, which took over two and a half hours.
When the firefighters were within reach, they pulled out a large bottle of Dawn dishwashing soap alongside a bucket of water, and doused Genoveva until she was lubricated enough to be dislodged from the chimney.
Finally, the firefighters were able to pull Genoveva out by her hands, covered in soot, but still conscious.
The fire department raised their ladder with a basket attached, put Genoveva inside the basket and lowered her to the safety of level ground where she was taken to Los Robles Regional Medical Center for an examination, and then arrested for illegal entry and providing false information to an officer.
Lawrence’s chimney was completely destroyed, as reported by NBC Washington. One of Genoveva’s family members contacted Lawrence offering to pay to have the chimney replaced if he wouldn’t press charges against Genoveva. But, he has no control over that at this point.
According to My Fox LA, this was the second time Genoveva was reportedly on Lawrence’s roof. Just two weeks ago, Lawrence spotted her near his chimney and called police. Genoveva managed to disappear before the police arrived. Lawrence described this thought on this.
“She seemed totally cool until the first ‘flag’ was her being on my roof two weeks ago…”
While Lawrence is not yet ready to give up on online dating saying he’s certain they’re not all crazy out there, Lawrence does give out a warning to those dating online, and in general, per KTLA News.
“Before you have somebody come in your house really check them out … really give it some time before you let somebody in, because they might want to stay.”
Lawrence will no doubt be watching for those flags from now on.
“I hope she gets help…I hope she stays offline….but even if she is online, people are probably going to know who she is now…so…You’re Welcome!”
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