TPD: Homeless camp founder arrested in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Police arrested 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, according to department spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Bay.

He was arrested for an outstanding warrant and trespassing on private property in Tucson.

Police responded to property owned by Cemex near Valencia Road and Interstate 19. Meyer had previously occupied the property for nine days prior to his arrest, according to a news release from Bay.

The outstanding warrant for Meyer stems from a missed court appearance last week for an assault charge.

Meyer has already bailed out of jail, according to his recent posts on social media.

He's the founder of Veterans on Patrol, which has established a camp on private property in Tucson north of Santa Rita Park. Meyer has made repeated claims of discovering a sex trafficking ring at the site of an abandoned homeless camp, but searches and investigations by the Tucson Police Department found no such evidence, according to the news release.

Meyer has reached people across the country with his posts on social media. The department addressed his notoriety in Sunday night's news release:

"...The Tucson Police Department has received complaints from various members of the Santa Rita Park Neighborhood Association as well as from other community residents that Meyer and some of his followers have threatened and intimidated them. Through social media, Meyer has made multiple threatening and hostile remarks directed towards various elected and appointed officials."

Officers will be working with Cemex to limit access to the private property, according to the release.

It stated that police will also coordinate with various social service agencies to help homeless individuals relying on Meyer's organization for assistance.

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