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Homeless Va. Man Arrested After Digging, Living In Cave In City Park

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Police in Virginia arrested a homeless man Monday night after they say he dug a 15-foot-deep hole in a city park and lived in it.

City of Fairfax Police found Yosue Joel Rios, 25, at the two-room cave he had dug for himself inside Van Dyck Park and charged him with destruction of property, The Washington Post reports.

Photo via Fairfax City Police

Photo via Fairfax City Police

The cave was found in the park just 200 yards away from the Fairfax Police headquarters after some people walking through the woods spotted the entrance.

Rios used plywood and leaves to disguise the cave but it wasn’t enough to keep it hidden for long.

Upon inspection, police found a separate bedroom and living room in the cave with ceiling heights of around six feet high. Inside the make-shift home, officers found a pillow, books and papers described as homework assignments, NBC Washington reports.

Photo via Fairfax City Police

Photo via Fairfax City Police

Police didn’t know how long Rios lived in the cave before they found it and by Monday afternoon, city works employees had filled the hole with dirt.

According to police, Rios was also wanted for failure to appear in court for a previous traffic violation in Arlington County. He is currently being held without bond.

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