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Founder of homeless camp arrested for trespassing

Posted: 8:35 AM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 14:36:54Z

Tucson Police have arrested who they say is the founder of a camp and outreach program meant to help homeless veterans.

Michael "Lewis Arthur" Meyer was booked into the Pima County Jail on Sunday, July 22 after being arrested for an outstanding warrant and trespassing on private property.

The property he was caught on is owned by Cemex near Valencia Rd. and Insterstate19.

Meyer had occupied the Cemex property for nine days prior to his arrest, and the outstanding warrant is from a missed court appearance for an assault charge.

In the past, while on the Cemex property, he declared that the area was the site of a sex-trafficking ring .

Meyer has a history of similar actions and violations dating back to 2014 at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and others in Arizona.

In Surprise, Arizona, he was arrested for criminal trespassing, had an established homeless encampment in Phoenix and another in Mesa, and he more recently became associated with a homeless encampment on private property behind Santa Rita Park in Tucson.

Several weeks ago, Meyer agreed to leave the Cemex property, but he returned and illegally occupied a tower.

Aside from the multiple acts of trespassing, he has also made multiple threatening and remarks towards various elected and appointed officials on social media.

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