Lawrence Fernandez of Thousand Oaks, California, was looking to make a connection when he met Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa on an online dating site a month ago. After a few dates, Fernandez decided to break things off but apparently she didn’t take the news well.
This weekend, Nunez-Figueroa was found attempting to break into Fernandez’s house by sliding down the chimney. Neighbors contacted the authorities when they heard a woman's screams coming from Fernandez’s roof.
Ventura County firefighters and first responders worked for over two hours trying to free Nunez-Figueroa after she got stuck eight feet down chimney. Firefighters had to demolish most of the chimney and lubricate the chute with dish soap in order to slide Nunez-Figueroa free.
The entire incident was broadcasted on Twitter by Fire Capt. Mike Lindbery of Ventura County Fire Department.
Nunez-Figueroa was unconscious and covered in soot when she was pulled from the chimney and sent to a local hospital to be evaluated. She was later arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to the police. NBC Los Angeles reported that Nunez-Figueroa’s family has offered to pay for the damaged chimney and asked Fernandez not to press charges, though that is a decision that will be made by local law enforcement.
While it is uncertain if her actions were romance motivated or a failed burglary attempt, this the second time Fernandez caught Nunez-Figueroa on his roof. The first time she fled the scene before police officers could apprehend her.
“I thought she was pretty normal,” Fernandez told NBC Los Angeles. “You never know how crazy someone is until they do crazy things.”
Still, this isn’t the end of Fernandez’s venture into the world of online dating. “I’m not giving the online dating thing a total F,” he said. “Hopefully they’re not all crazy on there.”