Sunday 26 February 2017

Couple who were held hostage to be sued by gunman

Rachael Alexander in Kansas

YOU can't trust anyone these days. A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while on the run from the police is now suing them, claiming that they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police.

Jesse Dimmick of suburban Denver is serving an 11-year sentence after bursting into Jared and Lindsay Rowley's home in Topeka, Kansas, in September 2009. He was wanted for questioning in the beating to death of a man and a chase had begun.

The 'Topeka Capital-Journal' reported that Dimmick filed a breach of contract suit, in response to a suit the Rowleys filed in September seeking $75,000 (€56,000) from him for intruding in their home and causing emotional stress.

Chased

Dimmick contends that he told the couple he was being chased by someone, most likely the police, who wanted to kill him.

"I, the defendant, asked the Rowleys to hide me because I feared for my life. I offered the Rowleys an unspecified amount of money which they agreed upon, therefore forging a legally binding oral contract," Dimmick said in his court documents. He wants $235,000, in part to pay for the hospital bills that resulted from him being shot by police when they arrested him.

Neighbours have said that the couple fed Dimmick snacks and watched movies with him until he fell asleep and they were able to escape.

Dimmick was convicted in May 2010 of four felonies, including two counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced to 10 years and 11 months on those charges. He was later sent to jail where he is being held on eight charges, including murder, in connection with the killing of Michael Curtis in September 2009.

Irish Independent

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