(PCM) Once seen as a dangerous and dubious way to try and find your soul mate, online dating has now become the norm, steadily replacing speed dating, bars, and other face-to-face approaches to dating. Yet, even with its increasing use and acceptance, some nuts still fall through the cracks and make everyone question how safe it is to date online.
One unlucky online dater found himself asking that same question after a woman he began dating after meeting her online was caught trying to enter his home through his chimney on Sunday.
Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, a 30-year-old Southern California resident, was found in the chimney by Ventura County urban search and rescue team after the resident, who wished to remain anonymous, called the fire department at 5:45 a.m. and reported that someone had been stuck in his chimney for two hours.
After using jackhammers were used to dismantle the chimney brick by brick, firefighters had to use dish soap to lubricate the chimney flue and pull Nunez-Figueroa out by 8:22 a.m., where she was then transported to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for evaluation; her condition is not immediately known.
Captain Mike Lindbery, the Public Information Officer of the Ventura County Fire Department, posted pictures and gave real-time updates on twitter from the “entrapment call,” giving his over 1,000 followers a drama filled timeline.
— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) October 19, 2014
The homeowner told local news station KTLA that he broke off his relationship with Nunez-Figueroa after he spotted her on his roof two weeks before the chimney accident. She has been arrested and charged with illegally entering a residence and providing false information to a peace officer, according to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
Speaking to KTLA, the homeowner warned others about the potential dangers of online dating and letting stangers into your home saying, “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.”