Kidnapper sues former hostages for breach of contract

By David Edwards
Friday, December 2, 2011 17:09 EDT
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A Colorado man is taking blaming the victim to a new level.

Jesse Dimmick was convicted of kidnapping Jared and Lindsay Rowley in 2009. Today, he’s suing them for breach of contract because they did not help him hide from police.

Dimmick was fleeing from murder charges in Colorado when a high-speed chase ended with him crashing a stolen van into the Rowleys’ home. The Rowleys said that Dimmick took them hostage at knifepoint, but they later gained his trust by offering him Cheetos, Dr. Pepper and watching the movie “Patch Adams” together.

The Rowleys later escaped after Dimmick fell asleep.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported this week that Dimmick is suing the couple for $235,000, in part to cover the medical bills incurred from being shot by police.

“I, the defendant, asked the Rowleys to hide me because I feared for my life,” Dimmick wrote in the hand-written document filed in Shawnee County District Court. “I offered the Rowleys an unspecified amount of money which they agreed upon, therefore forging a legally binding oral contract.”

“As a result of the plaintiffs breech (sic) of contract, I, the defendant suffered a gunshot to my back, which almost killed me.”

The Rowleys have asked to have the suit dismissed on the grounds that they agreed to Dimmick’s offer under duress. The judge has yet to rule on the motion.

Dimmick was sentenced in May 2010 to nearly 11 years on four charges, including two counts of kidnapping. He was later transferred to Colorado where he faces an additional eight charges, including murder.

Watch this video from Newsy.com, broadcast Nov. 30, 2011.

(H/T: CBS News)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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