Woman Arrested After Becoming Trapped in Online Date’s Chimney

Here’s a story that may keep you off the online dating scene for a while.

A Southern California woman was arrested early Sunday morning after becoming trapped in the chimney of a man’s house — a man she had met online and then gone on a couple dates with in the past.

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, a 30-year-old resident of Thousand Oaks, was accused of attempting to illegally enter the man’s home via his chimney. Unfortunately, she got stuck, and needed to be rescued.

According to KTLA 5, deputies responded to an emergency phone call at 5:45 a.m., where the caller reported that “the woman had been stuck in the chimney, about 8 feet from the top, for two hours.” It’s not known whether (or how) Nunez-Figueroa called the police herself, or if someone else did it.

The Sheriff’s Department stated that the woman’s “intent was unclear,” but she was known by the homeowner. This man, who wasn’t identified, said he had met Nunez-Figueroa online and they had gone on “about six dates” before he broke it off. In fact, he’d thought things were going well until his “first flag” was finding her on his roof two weeks ago.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of a woman who was trapped inside a chimney at a Thousand Oaks home on Oct. 19, 2014.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of a woman who was trapped inside a chimney at a Thousand Oaks home on Oct. 19, 2014.

Once it was determined that Nunez-Figueroa was trapped inside, the county Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team was called to break apart the top of the chimney. They then fed a mixture of dish soap and water to lubricate the flue, and lifted her out of the chimney. She was arrested for allegedly illegally entering a residence and providing false information to a peace officer.

Check out video and photo footage of the rescue above.

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