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Online Date Gets Dumped, Then Gets Stuck in Man's Chimney

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on October 22, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A California woman was arrested Sunday after getting stuck in the chimney of a man she had met online and dated briefly.

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming lodged in the chimney of a home in Thousand Oaks, reports the Los Angeles Times. The homeowner said that he'd met the woman online and gone on several dates with her before recently breaking off the relationship.

Following her rescue by Ventura County firefighters, Nunez-Figueroa was arrested. What charges might she now be facing?

Relationship Ended Following 'Red Flag'

According to the owner of the home, who did not wish to be identified, Nunez-Figueroa "seemed totally cool" during the couple's six dates. But that changed when the homeowner reportedly found her on his roof two weeks ago.

The man put an end to the relationship following the rooftop incident, but that apparently didn't stop Nunez-Figueroa from attempting to climb down his chimney this past weekend.

Firefighters were forced to remove the top of the chimney brick-by-brick to reach Nunez-Figueroa. After working for two hours, firefighters poured dish soap down the chimney and were able to pull her out by her arms, reports the Los Angeles Times. After being extracted, she was taken to the hospital and subsequently arrested.

Unauthorized Entry, Providing False Information

Nunez-Figueroa was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry of a dwelling. Under California law, a person "who enters or remains in any noncommercial dwelling house, apartment, or other residential place without consent of the owner, his or her agent, or the person in lawful possession thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor" punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Nunez-Figueroa was also arrested on suspicion of providing false information to a police officer, though news reports do not explain what that false information allegedly was. Under California law, a conviction can be punished by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

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