The resident of a Southern California home called it a case of “fatal attraction.”
He told reporters that a woman he briefly dated recently had become obsessed with him and was even once caught prowling on his roof. This time around, the Thousand Oaks resident said, the woman he met online got stuck in his chimney.
It took Ventura County Fire Department rescuers quite some time to get Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa out. They had to dismantle part of the chimney and used soap to free the 28-year-old, authorities said.
But up she came.
Ventura County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Figueroa on suspicion of illegal entry and providing false information to police, according to a sheriff's statement:
The investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department determined that Figueroa climbed into the chimney from the roof to illegally enter the home.
Another shot from entrapment call. Chimney flue was lubricated with dish soap prior to hoisting patient pic.twitter.com/KtkX1bVdmV
— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19It all started at 5:45 a.m. yesterday when someone called to report the sound of a female crying in the area of the 1900 Block of Woodside Drive, deputies said.
One neighbor, Robert Fisher, told ABC Los Angeles that he could hear a woman in the chimney whimpering for help. He said his wife texted the homeowner at the same time.
The target of the woman's affection was only identified as “Lawrence.” He told ABC7, “We were kind of seeing each other as friends. … Things escalated and I kind of cut it off.”
He said the previous time she was allegedly on his roof until a friend escorted her away.
“I'm going to be a little more cautious of who I invite into my house now,” he said.
Before heading to jail, Figueroa was taken to Los Robles Regional Medical Center to be checked out by doctors.