Jesse Dimmick who held Kansas couple at knifepoint sues his victims
IN one of the more audacious and head-spinning lawsuits to hit the courts, a fugitive facing a murder charge who took a couple hostage is now suing his victims for not hiding him from police.
- From: NewsCore
- November 30, 2011 8:30AM
Jesse Dimmick is seeking $235,000 from Jared and Lindsay Rowley in a breach of contract suit involving his 2009 invasion of their home in Kansas, the Topeka Capital-Journal
Dimmick claims the couple, newlyweds at the time, agreed to hide him for an unspecified amount of money.
"Later, the Rowleys reneged on said oral contract, resulting in my being shot in the back by authorities,"
Dimmick wrote in a notarised legal document filed last month, the paper said.
"As a result of the plaintiffs breech (sic) of contract, I, the defendant suffered a gunshot to my back, which almost killed me,"
he wrote. "The hospital bills alone are in excess of $160,000, which I have no way to pay."
The Rowleys are awaiting a ruling on their motion to have the suit dismissed, saying they never accepted Dimmick's offer of money and even if they had, their consent would have been given under duress.
According to the paper, Dimmick, who was being pursued by police, entered the Rowleys' home and confronted them at knifepoint.
A neighbour said the couple gained his trust by eating snacks and drinking soft drinks with him while watching the movie Patch Adams
, then fled when he fell asleep.
Dimmick was convicted of four felonies, including two counts of kidnapping, and is currently being held in Colorado on a murder charge, the paper said.
The Rowleys have filed a suit against Dimmick seeking civil damages in excess of $75,000.