Phoenix police arrest man in slumlord investigation

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Elijah Brown in a 2012 mugshot. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Elijah Brown in a 2012 mugshot. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
The different mugshots from 2003 to 2012 of different mugshots of Elijah Brown. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) The different mugshots from 2003 to 2012 of different mugshots of Elijah Brown. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
2201 E. Roosevelt (Source: Carissa Planalp, 3TV/CBS 5) 2201 E. Roosevelt (Source: Carissa Planalp, 3TV/CBS 5)
2201 E. Roosevelt (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) 2201 E. Roosevelt (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
70 E. Mitchell Dr. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) 70 E. Mitchell Dr. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A suspected slumlord was arrested on multiple charges after police said he swindled dozens of tenants of money and government benefits.

Police identified the suspect as 54-year-old Elijah Brown. He is the CEO of Rooming, Inc, a nonprofit that owned two buildings that were raided on Thursday.

The Phoenix Police Department on Thursday served search warrants at two locations in connection with the criminal investigation.

  • Rooming, Inc. administrative offices – 2201 E. Roosevelt St.
  • 70 E. Mitchell Drive

[MAP: 2201 E. Roosevelt St. and 70 E. Mitchell Drive]

Police spent most of Thursday going door to door to talk to tenants at the Mitchell Drive location and collecting evidence. They said conditions were "deplorable" and condemned the Mitchell Drive property.

The property was condemned and residents were taken to a resource center, police said. There were as many as 50 victims at both locations.

Brown was booked on charges including fraud schemes, operating an illegal enterprise, illegal possession of prescription drugs, felony theft and multiple counts of vulnerable adult neglect.

Several people were able to receive permanent housing in other locations and police said 

"Numerous community partners to include mental health specialists, crisis response, and temporary housing, have come together to offer temporary shelter and immediate assistance during this phase of the investigation," Lewis said in a news release.

  • Phoenix Police Mountain View Precinct
  • Phoenix Fire Department
  • City of Phoenix: Human Services
  • City of Phoenix: Neighborhood Service
  • City of Phoenix: Office of Emergency Management
  • Arizona Office of the Attorney General
  • Arizona (DES) Adult Protective Services
  • Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care
  • Dignity Health
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • Community Bridges
  • Circle the City
  • New Leaf
  • UMOM
  • Terros

 Police said he had been in trouble with the law before. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released six mugshots of Brown from previous arrests, including as early as 2003 and the most recent being 2012.

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