Contract Law

Convicted Kidnapper Sues His Victims for Breach of Contract

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A convicted kidnapper in Kansas has filed a pro se lawsuit against his victims alleging they breached an oral agreement to hide him from police in exchange for an unspecified amount of money.

Jesse Dimmick is seeking $235,000 from Jared and Lindsay Rowley in a counterclaim to their suit against him for trespass, intrusion and infliction of emotional distress, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. “As a result of the plaintiffs breech [sic] of contract, I, the defendant suffered a gunshot to my back, which almost killed me,” Dimmick wrote.

The Rowleys have responded that there was no agreement, and even if they did accept the offer, it wasn’t binding because of duress and illegality. The response also argues that without a specified price, there could be no meeting of the minds and no contract.

According to the story, Dimmick ran into the Rowleys’ home in Dover, Kansas, after stealing a van and leading police on a chase that ended when “stop sticks” punctured his tires. At the time, he was wanted on a murder charge.

A neighbor told the Capital-Journal in 2009 that the Rowleys gained Dimmick’s trust by eating Cheetos and drinking Dr Pepper with him while watching the movie Patch Adams. The Rowleys managed to escape after Dimmick fell asleep. According to the police account, Dimmick was shot after police entered the home and an officer’s gun accidentally discharged.

Dimmick has also filed a civil suit against the city of Topeka.

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