Police in Fresno, California, discovered a hidden cave and illegal gambling equipment while responding to a 911 call. According to law enforcement officials, the caller had spoken about a possible domestic dispute and mentioned that individuals inside a nearby home were yelling and a woman could be hearing screaming.
When officers arrived, a woman who appeared to have been crying answered the door but was hesitant to allow police to enter the residence.
California cave in home
Police find hidden cave with guns and gambling equipment In California home
"This call started as a 911 call ending in the arrest of three suspects, the confiscation of two rifles, illegal gambling machines and the discovery of a hidden underground cave.
On February 21, 2015 Officer Robert Chavez and Angel DeLaFuente of the Southeast District were sent to the 4500 block of E Turner regarding a 911 call. The caller was reporting people yelling and a female screaming. Per the caller it had been going on for some time and sounded like it was escalating."
"When the officers arrived they were met by upset children and a female who was crying and appeared to be scared. However she would not tell the officers what was going on and did not want the officers to enter her home. Officers had seen two other people run through the house and fearing that someone was hurt made entry into the home but strangely could not find the people inside. They continued their search outside the home where they saw several Marijuana plants and searched the detached garage but still could not locate anyone. However, Officer Gustavo Gutierrez noticed an area of the yard had plywood covered by dirt. Officers suspected something was covered but could not find an entrance of any type until they received information about a chicken coop leaning against the detached garage which was sitting on skate board wheels. Officers found the coop rolled easily from the wall, exposing a staircase and underground cave where the two suspects were hiding. Both suspects exited the cave once they realized the secret opening had been discovered and they were taken into custody without incident," the department explained on its Facebook page.
"Prior to officers entering the cave, Fresno Fire department assisted on the call to ensure the cave area would be safe for officers to enter, structurally and tested the surrounding air to help eliminate the possibility of a potential drug lab based objects found in the immediate area.
After deemed safe, officers climbed down into the cave. Officers did not find any evidence of a drug lab but they found TV monitors that were set up as part of a surveillance system involving several cameras around the home. They also found several tools and live ammunition. It also appeared the suspects were still in the process of excavating the area to enlarge the cave," the department continued.
"The area was tapped off and deemed unsafe by Fresno Fire and Code Enforcement was notified of the dangers, and to follow up with the home owner.
Arrested were Daniel Marquez 3-27-75 (3 counts of felony child endangerment) Kue Vang 1-30-82 (1 count of gambling machines- 2 counts of filing down gun serial numbers and 3 counts of child endangerment) Lee Khammany 7-5-81 (Probation violation) All three were booked into FCJ.
Ref Case# 15-13120," the department said.
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The cops noticed children, and then saw two individuals running through the house.
Believing that something was wrong, the officers entered the home against the woman's wishes, but they didn't immediately find anyone. They continued looking outside the residence and spotted a piece of plywood on the property that was covered by dirt. Cops could not find any access to it.
They then learned a chicken coop nearby was built on skateboard wheels.
Once they rolled it to the side, they found a set of stairs that led to a hidden cave where two men were hiding inside. Officers also found surveillance equipment, two rifles, ammunition and illegal gambling machines.
Several marijuana plants were discovered outside the residence. Three men were arrested in connection to the incident.