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Ex TV Chef Busted for Solicitation to Commit Murder

5/15/2010 4:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- former host of "Calorie Commando" on the Food Network -- was arrested Thursday after he allegedly tried to hire homeless people to kill someone for him.

Several of the homeless individuals contacted the Santa Monica Police Department’s Homeless Liaison Program last week after they were allegedly solicited by Cruz. Cops conducted an investigation with their assistance and made the arrest Thursday afternoon.

Cops have learned the identity of the intended target, but have declined to release the name.

Cruz is currently being held on $5,000,000 bail. He is due in court on Monday.

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rexcars    

Wow--ZERO comments.



TMZ, no one knows who this guy is, including me.



1521 days ago
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Caleigh    

I don't know who he is either, BUT seems like reality TV cast mates [not stars] are running rampant causing all sorts of mischief and mayhem is that what happens to an ex reality peep?

1521 days ago
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yvonne    

Don't remember seeing this guy ever!!!
http://yoyosjewelry.com/

1521 days ago
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jr819    


Just because you don't know who he is doesn't mean everyone else doesn't. I (and probably many others) know who is, and regardless---it's newsworthy! If you don't know who it is then move on!

1521 days ago
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glen    

Isn't this the guy from the old Folgers coffee commercial with the burro , picking the "rich columbian beans " ? I could be wrong

1520 days ago
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Mario Loeza    

I was a contestant on a reality show for the Food Network with him. (Weighin In/Take it Off) I feel dirty now.

1519 days ago
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joan    

if i am not mistaken this guy was on discovery health challenge and lost alot of weight

1518 days ago
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davidwardsullins    

Merry Christmas 2 U AaaaAAAaaalllLLLlllllllllllll...Help The Homeless With Us 4 Christ-mas; Click-n-Share the Link below= Please & Thankyou............

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hw5w7dpvn4

1301 days ago

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