Topeka, KS

The Kidnapper Who Sued the Victims He Held Hostages Because They Escaped and Asked for $235,000 in Damages

Diana Rus

On September 2009, Jesse Dimmick went to Topeka, Kansas in order to avoid being accused of murder.

Jesse Dimmick, 27, a man from Denver, was wanted for questioning the beating to death of a Colorado man, and a search had begun in Geary County.

Dimmick broke into Lindsey and Jared Rowley's house located in Topeka, Kansas on September 2009, at around 9 a.m.

Dimmick, a fugitive wanted for murder in Colorado, was leading authorities on a vehicle chase on the morning of Sept. 12, 2009, when law enforcement stop sticks punctured the tires of the stolen van he was driving. The married Rowleys' house's front yard is where the vehicle came to a stop.

According to the lawsuit, Dimmick entered the Rowleys' house and accosted them with a knife.

According to neighbors who saw what happened, the pair not only gave Dimmick snacks, but they also allegedly watched movies with him until he fell asleep.

The Rowleys were able to immediately leave their house when Dimmick fell asleep and called the police.

According to police, they entered and ordered Dimmick to lie on his stomach before an officer's gun accidentally fired when he was moving it from one hand to the other, hitting Dimmick in the back.

Dimmick was sued for more than $75,000 in damages by the couple.

In the lawsuit, Dimmick is charged with trespassing, violating someone's right to seclusion, and negligently causing mental distress.

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Dimmick filed a breach of contract action in Shawnee County District Court in response to the Rowleys' September lawsuit seeking $75,000 from him for intruding on their home and creating emotional distress.

Dimmick claims he informed the pair he was being followed by someone who intended to murder him, most likely the police. The couple reportedly consented to keep Dimmick hidden.

In court, Dimmick said that he told the Rowleys to hide him because he was afraid for his life. Dimmick promised the Rowleys an unspecified sum of money, which they accepted, resulting in the formation of a legally binding oral contract. Dimmick asked for $235,000, in part to cover healthcare expenditures incurred as a result of being shot by police while being arrested.

His case was rejected.

Dimmick was convicted guilty of two charges of abduction and given an 11-year prison term by the Kansas Department of Corrections in May 2010. Later, Dimmick was brought to Colorado to face his murder charges when his accusations became official.

He was convicted guilty once more of murdering a 25-year-old man. Dimmick received a 37-year sentence, which he will serve following his time in Kansas.


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My name is Diana Rus, and I'm a Romanian content writer with a passion for exploring the world and sharing my experiences with others. I studied Marketing at University and have a master's degree in Marketing Research. My true passion lies in writing, and in my articles, I share my thoughts and ideas on a variety of topics, including interesting places from the US and around the world, history, and important events.


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