Woman Gets Stuck in the Chimney of a Man’s House She Met Online

KTLA 5 News –

A woman accused of illegally entering the Thousand Oaks home of a man she went on multiple dates with was arrested Sunday after firefighters used jackhammers to partially dismantle a brick chimney she had become trapped inside.


Deputies responded to a home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive (map) at 5:45 a.m. after a caller reported that the woman had been stuck in the chimney, about 8 feet from the top, for two hours, said Capt. Renee Ferguson of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

The county Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team was called to the scene. Photos posted on Twitter by the department showed firefighters on the roof of the house as they worked to reach the woman, who was conscious during the rescue.

The flue was lubricated with dish soap before she was lifted out of the chimney, placed in a stokes basked and hoisted from the roof by a ladder truck, according to VCFD Capt. Mike Lindbery.

The woman, whose “intent was unclear,” was known by the homeowner, the Sheriff’s Department said.

She was extricated by 8:22 a.m. and transported to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for evaluation, according to the Fire Department. Her condition was not immediately known.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, who was arrested on Oct. 19, 2014, after allegedly illegally entering a Thousand Oaks residence through its chimney.

She was later identified as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, a 30-year-old Thousand Oaks resident, and arrested for allegedly illegally entering a residence and providing false information to a peace officer, the VCSD stated in a news release.

The home’s resident, who did not wish to be identified, said he had met Nunez-Figueroa online and they had gone on about six dates.

He cautioned other people about allowing acquaintances into their homes.

“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,” he told KTLA.

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.

(This picture might be my worst nightmare.. being stuck in a space like this elicits fears I didn’t know I had)

There are two types people in this world.. normal people.. and people who are crazy enough to meet someone online and then try to access their home via the chimney in the middle of the night. Genoveva is one of those people. There are a few reasons why someone like Genoveva does this…

1) She didn’t like how their last date went, so she was going to “end it” before he had a chance to..

this one is terrifying because I’m leaving it up to your imagination.. if this is the case.. this guy has got to be thanking his lucky stars Genoveva isn’t a size double zero because she was coming for that ass!

2) She’s really excited about their budding relationship, so she wanted to cut off a chunk of his hair for a keepsake.. but didn’t know how to ask without sounding creepy

easily just as terrifying.. but when you try to descend down a chimney into someone’s home in the middle of the night.. you really can’t rule anything like this out.

3) the door was locked and so was every window, so why not the chimney…?

4) She was just trying to spread some holiday cheer.

I know it’s only late October, but just like CVS starts celebrating Christmas 2 months before the actual holiday, so does Genoveva. Ten percent chance that this is why she did it.

All in all though… I’m terrified of small places.. very intense claustrophobia. My nightmare’s have included:

-Being put in a small box for an extended period of time

-Getting locked in the trunk of a car

-Getting stuck in a crawl space head first

The list goes on.. but add chimney to it.. Terrifying stuff.

PS – 90% of these stories have something to do with people meeting online.. so do the math folks.. go to bar.. go anywhere.. meet people anywhere but online.