SANTA CRUZ -- Three women and two men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of elder abuse at a La Fonda Avenue home Santa Cruz police call a drug house.
Another 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of heroin and meth possession and a 42-year-old man was arrested on outstanding warrants. All are from Santa Cruz.
The arrests came after reports of drug dealing and operating a bicycle chop shop at the home, which is on the 400 block of La Fonda Avenue, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.
A 59-year-old man who owns the home is dependent and wheelchair bound, police said. He was found in his own urine and feces during a warrant search at the home on the Thursday.
"Due to his health and the deplorable condition of the house, he was hospitalized for observation and care," Clark said.
Five people who said they lived at the home were arrested, as well as two others who were visitors.
The five residents were supposed to be caring for the homeowner, but instead they took advantage of him and used the home as a base for criminal activity, Clark said.
The homeowner was not related to any of the suspects, police said. Authorities also found more than 50 dismantled and complete bikes on the property.
The city's Planning Department red-tagged the property, which essentially prohibits access to the house except for repairs.
More than 12 code violations made the home uninhabitable, according to
Shana DiMartino, 37, Sharon Husted, 49, John Dowden, 52, Adelma Dowden, 48, and Aaron Hamrick, 37, all were arrested on suspicion of elder abuse and failure to report elder abuse, according to police.
DiMartino was arrested on suspicion of maintaining a drug house, violating a court order, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Husted was arrested on suspicion of maintaining a drug house, violating a court order and a probation violation, police said.
John Dowden was arrested on suspicion of a probation violation, and possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.
Adelma Dowden was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, trespassing, maintaining a drug house, a probation violation and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Hamrick was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale, transporting drugs, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school and being a felon in possession of a stun gun, police said.
Jodi Widman, 30, was a visitor at the home. She was arrested on suspicion of meth possession, heroin possession and resisting arrest.
Perry Brown, 42, was arrested for an outstanding warrant, police said.
Police also seized other items at the home and processed them Friday to determine ownership.
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