Illegal alien living in cave and creative survival in Arizona’s Sawtooth Mountains

Move over Martha Stewart, when it comes to creative living even she could learn a thing or two from illegal aliens.

Random cave in desert area/Thinkstock

We won’t be getting any tips on crafty place settings or dried flower arrangements, but we certainly get a few examples of inventive ways to survive.

Like one savvy illegal found living in a cave.

Mexican native Hiram Rendon-Rios, 23, made a veritable home out of a cave in Silverbell’s Sawtooth Mountains, according to a news release from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department.

Rios’ cave, nestled nicely near Wild Cat Peak, was not only stocked with food, but had a fine supply of clothing, communication equipment and binoculars.

No word on the cave’s decor or if it included any stick-figure paintings of buffalo or a bear skin rug.

Rios was first spotted by one of the area’s legal residents who was flying his private plane above the mountain range. Cave dwelling Rios was apprehended and sent back to Mexico in late July.

While deporting Rios may have cleared out the cave, at least temporarily, it did not clear out other illegals who seem to have mastered another creative art – burglary.

Thieves hit a gold mine when they targeted one area woman who lives alone near the base of the mountains.

She went to work as usual on Sept. 7 only to return home around 7 p.m. to find her home had been broken into and an array of valuable items gone.

Burglars took off with numerous rifles, pistols, a shotgun, batteries, night vision equipment, binoculars – and two mainstays of socks and food.

Lo and behold, they may have taken a cave tip from Rios, as evidence near the scene and surrounding area indicated several people hauled the stolen guns, equipment, food and socks into the Sawtooth Mountains – up near Wild Cat Peak.

Such creative survival, not surprisingly, does not sit too well with area residents. Some live in constant fear, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu noted, afraid to leave their homes as spotters watch their every move.

The best way to deal with such innovative methods of illegal alien survival, of course, is to employ equally innovative methods of capture. This way they can perhaps get a tip or two from Martha on what it’s like to end up in jail.

Illegal alien cave dweller Rios/submitted photo

NOTE: The Sawtooth Mountain range is one of several that grace Ironwood Forest National Monument, which is also being plagued by some reckless target shooters. Volunteer to help clean up the place Saturday, Sept. 25.


What do you think?

Have you ever had to use creative methods to survive? What were they?


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20 Responses to Illegal alien living in cave and creative survival in Arizona’s Sawtooth Mountains

  1. Kevin E. Flanders says:

    Shoot him/her/them.

  2. Alan in Kent WA says:

    It will be hard for the mail to get up to him as I don’t think a Segway could make the climb.

    • Rynski says:

      ha! i’m sure if he had the wherewithal to ‘allegedly’ steal all that stuff stocked in his cave he could certainly trek down the mountain to get his own mail…hahhahaha.
      thanks for input, alan in kent wa.

  3. radmax says:

    Does UPS deliver out there?

    • andrew farley says:

      Yes they do to my dismay. He’s always driving around looking for such and such address out here and I can’t believe that the “Try and Dies” out here order their crap and expect UPS to drive these worn out trails, but they do.
      This guy stole my cave idea.

      • Rynski says:

        dang, on the cave idea theft, andrew…but you always have zillions of ideas, you’ll come up with an even better one, for sure.
        also agree it’s weird UPS treks out there. when i lived in the redwood forest, we didn’t even get mail delivered. had to go pick it up at the post office on main road.

    • Rynski says:

      hahahahhah! good one, radmax!

  4. fraser007 says:

    I wonder if we have similiar spotters hidden in the bush or on mountains, we use electronic devices to monitor why not Border Patrol spotters.
    I say use a sniper on the Cartel spotters and send up a burial party to seal the cave.

  5. Hugh Holub says:

    Interesting story. There are reports of smuggling spotters on mountain tops all over the region. Guys with sat phones, radios and automatic weapons.

    Got to wonder why the feds aren’t removing the spotters?

    • Rynski says:

      thanks, hugh. i like the cave angle – although i don’t like that they are terrorizing area residents.
      geesh. that would stink to know your house is being watched and folks ready to pounce the minute you leave.
      good question about the spotter removal – or lack thereof.

  6. fraser007 says:

    Maybe the civilaian Border Watch groups could occupy the mountain tops with camps. Grear view, espicially in the summer. Have  BBQ, bring some beer and radios. Take the high ground. Deny the Cartel/Drug spotters their place. We have lots of mountains but they cant have them all.
    Better yet –sniper teams. Lots of Afghan vets with .50 Cal sniper rifles. I know the lefty posters will get mad but what the heck.

  7. Vince Calhoun says:

    Use tear-gas bombs to remove them from Caves.  Having Snipers  take out a few aliens will very effectively stop the illegal alien from squatting here.

  8. I heard about this story on channel 9 news a few days ago, I called channel 9 news director, as to why if this cave dweller was really a spotter for the cartels, would they deport him? Seems to me that it makes more sense to incarcarate him and get vital infomation from him on ie who he is working for, what route the drugs come from, etc. Something doesn’t sound right , not enough info. on this story. Sounds like another fear mongering soundbite put out there by the likes of Babue and co.

  9. sethers says:

    Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for the cave living experience. In fact, I have seriously considered it once or twice in the middle of a bad day at work, but couldn’t he have done this just as easily in Mexico?

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