It’s just a case of fatal attraction, as far as one California man is concerned. After meeting online and going on a few dates, a Thousand Oaks woman was rescued and taken into custody Sunday for trying to break into a man’s home via his chimney after he broke off relations with her.
According to KTLA, firefighters had to use jackhammers to dismantle the chimney brick by brick in order to free the trapped woman.
Here’s the video:
Deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department were called to a home in Thousand Oaks on the 1900 block of Woodside Dr. around 5:45 a.m. due to a caller reporting that a woman had become stuck in a chimney for nearly two hours. Capt. Renee Ferguson stated the caller claimed the woman was approximately eight feet from the top of the chimney.
Photos on Twitter were posted by the Ventura County Fire Department after their urban search and rescue team was called to the scene. Tweets show the firefighters working to free the woman from on top of the California man’s roof. Reports say the woman was conscious and calm, though crying a little.
— KTLA (@KTLA) October 19, 2014
In order to free the woman, firefighters lubricated her by pouring dish soap down the sides of the chimney. According to Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery, they then lifted her up and out of the chimney, placing her in a stokes basket and lowering her to the ground with a ladder truck. She was finally freed at 8:22 a.m. and taken directly to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center where she could be evaluated for physical injuries. Currently, her condition is unknown, though not life-threatening by any means. The woman, eventually identified as 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figuero of Thousand Oaks, was arrested for illegal entrance of a residence, as well as providing false information to authorities, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. At this time, the woman’s intent had she gained entrance to the home is unclear. The California man victimized by Nunez-Figuero’s breaking and entering wished to remain unidentified by name, but was more than willing to step in front of the cameras for a statement, claiming that he’d met the woman online and had gone on six dates with her before the incident.
The man stated regarding the woman in his chimney:
She seemed totally cool, until the first flag was her actually being on my roof two weeks ago.
The man went on to say:
You know, it’s just fatal attraction, man, you know? It’s just like, I didn’t think it was going to get that bad. It got bad real quick.
No doubt women will be jumping down chimneys all over America to get at this heartthrob’s burning hearth.
The chatty, exposed, yet unidentified man went on to offer a few words of caution, according to KTLA:
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.
And while all this seems quite funny, and sure, it is, one can’t help but feel bad for the numerous mentally ill dotting the American landscape. Let’s hope this woman gets some help. But let’s also examine that while this is a woman, people laugh, but had it been a man doing the same thing to a woman’s home, the stunt would have had a much more serious edge to it. It would be received as a much more sinister, frightening story.
Why? Well, that’s simple. It’s because of the culture of violence America cultivates toward women. No, America is not the only place in the world that does so by any means, but that does not negate the fact that we need to look in the mirror and face these things.
We all do.