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Woman gets stuck in a chimney trying to stalk online dating match

Sounds like it wasn't a perfect fit.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 20, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 9:15 am CDT

You know, maybe people are right to be suspicious of online dating—if it leads to scenes like this one, anyway: Early yesterday morning, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., residents reported crying noises, which were traced to a chimney in which a woman had become stuck.

The local fire department soon arrived to extract 28-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, who was revealed to have briefly dated the house’s occupant after the two met online. Because this is the future, the emergency responders livetweeted the whole rescue operation, which involved lubricating Nunez-Figueroa with dish soap and dismantling part of the chimney.

#ThousandOaks #entrapment @VCFD firefighters work to free woman trapped in chimney. Reported 6 AM

— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19, 2014

#entrapment call 1900 block Woodside Dr. #thousandoaks @VCFD USAR members dismantling chimney to remove patient

— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19, 2014

#ThousandOaks #entrapment FFs have reached the conscious victim. Extrication expected soon.

— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19, 2014

#entrapment patient has been extricated will be transported to hospital for evaluation

— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19, 2014

Another shot from entrapment call. Chimney flue was lubricated with dish soap prior to hoisting patient

— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19, 2014

#entrapment patient was lifted out of chimney and hoisted from roof using ladder truck and stokes basket

— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19, 2014

“I’m going to be a little more cautious of who I invite into my house now,” said Lawrence, the man whose home Nunez-Figueroa had tried to infiltrate (he declined to give his last name). After a few dates with her, Lawrence explained, he had ended the relationship, and just two weeks ago had called the police to report her prowling around on his roof—but she got away.

Nunez-Figueroa was “arrested for illegal entry and providing false information to a peace officer,” reported ABC7 Los Angeles, though she may cut a deal by pleading #thirsty.  

H/T ABC7 Los Angeles | Photo via @VCFD_PIO/Twitter

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*First Published: Oct 20, 2014, 12:40 pm CDT