"" Founder David Elms Arrested in California; Was On Run from Maricopa Charges

The founder of the call-girl-finding Web site,, David Elms, has been arrested in California after two months on the lam from Maricopa County criminal charges.

Phoenix police say Elms:

...was arrested today south of San Diego while trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States. It is believed Elms fled the United States and possibly went to Dubai, then tried to return to the United States through Mexico today when the Border Patrol arrested him. I am told he is currently in custody and en route to Torrance, California.

Elms is charged with trying to hire someone to injure a man (apparently a local competitor who also happens to be one of Elms' biggest critics).

If commenters on our most recent post about Elms are to be believed, the sex-trade promoter continued to run his Web site while on the run -- despite reports that he'd been ousted from his own company.

Vincent Bond of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says Elms tried to walk through the Otay Mesa port of entry at about 2:20 p.m. on Monday. He presented a U.S. passport (June 1 happened to be the first day passports are technically required for re-entry to the States) and customs agents pegged him as a fugitive after running his name through their computers.

He'll probably be extradited to Phoenix now, where it'll sure be hotter for him than in Dubai.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.