Criminal Sues Hostages For Emotional Stress
December 1, 2011 by Sam Rolley
A man who broke into the home of a Kansas couple and took them hostage is suing the couple for breach of contract to cover emotional stress and medical bills.
The criminal, Jesse Dimmick of Denver, is serving an 11-year sentence after breaking into Jared and Lindsay Rowley’s Topeka-area home in September 2009. Authorities were pursuing the man because he was wanted for questioning in the beating death of a Colorado man, according to The Associated Press.
Dimmick says he told the couple he was being chased by someone, most likely the police, who wanted to kill him and that he needed to take refuge in their home. The couple reportedly fed the knife-wielding invader snacks and watched movies with him until he fell asleep. They then escaped their home unharmed.
Dimmick was convicted of four felonies, including two counts of kidnapping. Now, he alleges that he and his captives had an oral contract which they breached by alerting police. In handwritten court documents he stated: “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.”
The criminal wants the couple to pay $235,000, including $160,000 for his hospital bills incurred after he was shot in the back by police and an additional $75,000 for emotional stress.