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Wife of Food Network Chef Alleged Target

5/15/2010 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Juan-Carlos Cruz -- host of the now defunct Food Network show "Calorie Commando" -- allegedly targeted his own wife in what cops say is a murder-for-hire plot.

Our sources say Juan-Carlos went to several homeless people in Santa Monica earlier this month and said he would pay them to kill his wife. Law enforcement sources tell us he told the homeless people she had recently inherited a lot of money from her family and he wanted her out of the picture.

But here's the twist ... TMZ has learned law enforcement has since determined no such inheritance existed and that therefore the alleged motive he disclosed to the homeless people was false. We are told, however, that the alleged target was indeed Cruz's wife.

As for what the real motive may have been -- we don't know.

Juan-Carlos Cruz is being held on $5,000,000 bail.


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Stupid ****!

1586 days ago


Very few men left on this planet. Just a bunch of guys who solve their problems by killing their wives,children and girlfriends at the first hint of trouble.

1586 days ago


Diana... you're a racist bitch. Move your ass to AZ and crawl under a cactus and kill yourself.

1586 days ago


Right now in county lockup he's being served a sausage by a Mexican named Lilly.

1585 days ago


She probably gained 5 lbs or he was beating her and she was going to tell on him .Maybe even was going to tell all his Commando secrets that he didn't want anyone to know hope they put him away for a while and she probably needs to be in government hide them program unless they already cut that program.

1585 days ago


I can't believe how racist people are when talking about Hispanic people. How can you say that crap? What do you know - how can you lump everyone in the same category? I'm Hispanic and I have morals. He's just a guy who probably wasn't having great success lately and didn't want to pay alimony to get a divorce. Something must have happened to make him jump off the deep-end like that. Still, there's no excuse.

1585 days ago


You know, it is sad that someone stupid like this guy made the most dumbest decision ever. But what does color race and ethnic has to do with this.. Not everyone is the same.. so sad that in america we still have racism.

1584 days ago
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