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Underground cave found at Fresno home after domestic violence call

Daniel Marquez, Kue Vang, and Lee Khammany, arrested in Fresno after police found two of the men hiding in a cave beneath a house in southeast Fresno.
Daniel Marquez, Kue Vang, and Lee Khammany, arrested in Fresno after police found two of the men hiding in a cave beneath a house in southeast Fresno. Fresno Police Department

A domestic violence call led police to a hidden underground cave late Saturday night at a home in southeast Fresno.

Police responded to calls near the 4500 block of East Turner Avenue concerning an escalating argument between a man and a woman. When officers arrived, they found a woman and children crying outside their home. Officers saw two other people inside the house, but could not find them after searching inside and the backyard — only an area of plywood covered in dirt and a chicken coop on wheels.

The chicken coop concealed a hidden staircase to an underground cave, where the two men were hiding. The cave was ruled out as a drug lab, however, police said they found home surveillance cameras inside, illegal gambling machines and two rifles with ammunition.

With the help of the Fresno Fire Department, the cave was taped off after it appeared the suspects were still excavating to enlarge the cave.

Daniel Marquez, 39, Kue Vang, 33, and Lee Khammany, 33, were arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail on charges of felony child endangerment.

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