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Homeless Men -- Cruz Wanted Us to Cut Her Throat

5/15/2010 7:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The homeless men Juan-Carlos Cruz allegedly tried to hire to kill his wife claim they were instructed to "cut [a] woman's throat."


The men told TMZ an elaborate story. According to Little Dave, Cruz -- who had a show on The Food Network -- said he wanted someone to do "dirty deeds done dirt cheap."  He says Cruz told him he would give him "a grand." 

Cruz then gave Little Dave a box which contained a box cutter, a disposable cell phone, gloves and a pocket watch.  He says Cruz gave 1/2 of 10 hundred dollar bills, and promised to give him the other halves when the job was done.  Little Dave says Cruz showed him a picture of the other half of the money.

Little Dave says he then told his friend Shane the story.  Shane says he called Cruz on the disposable phone and they started discussing the plan.  Shane then got a third homeless man involved -- Big Dave.

Big Dave contacted Cruz and Cruz then met all 3 homeless men in Santa Monica.  Cruz went over the plan, showed Big Dave a picture of the alleged female target -- whom we've learned is Cruz's wife -- and then told him he picked his wife up at a certain place each day, and he wanted one of the homeless men to jump out as she got in her car and slit her throat.

Big Dave tells us he got arrested on a loitering charge, and told the cop about Cruz's plan.  The next day, the cops got in touch with all three men and asked for their cooperation in busting Cruz.

The men called Cruz and asked to meet with him again.  They met sometime last week in Santa Monica.  Big Dave was wired and a cop was nearby videotaping the meeting.  Big Dave says he told Cruz he did not want to kill the woman in public.  He says Cruz then said he would give them the code to his apartment and one of them could be inside and strangle her when she walked in.

Big Dave says Cruz then drove him by the apartment and showed him how he could avoid security cameras.

Cruz left, and the three homeless men continued to help the police until Cruz was arrested Thursday on charges of solicitation to commit murder.


As for why Cruz allegedly wanted to kill his wife, the men have told cops Cruz said she had received a family inheritance he wanted -- but we've learned cops have since learned no such inheritance existed.

And there's this.  Big Dave tells TMZ Cruz told him that the woman had put a hit out on him so he was putting one out on her.

38 COMMENTS

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1.

Elmer Flobbergob    

First!

1620 days ago
2.

JG    

get what you pay for. don't be cheap.

1620 days ago
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Professor Obvious    

These homeless people seem pretty unprofessional.

1620 days ago
4.

Chichibeme    

Sounds like one flew over the cuckoo's nest.

1620 days ago
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donna    

God is good...just because one is homeless, doesn't mean that they are immoral. Ridiculous.

1620 days ago
6.

Q    

So if the one guy didnt get picked up for loitering and eventually told what he knew to the Police as part of getting off the loitering charge----he and they would have gone through it, thus collecting the other torn halves of the 100 dollar bills?...These guys are no heroes, thank goodness for the Police.

1620 days ago
7.

CriticAl    

That's what you get for hiring bums. They're bums because they don't want to work!



1620 days ago
8.

anonymouse    

my god, this isn't a crazy breaking news story so there's no good reason why the tmz employee who wrote this couldn't have read it once before posting. so many crazy errors! you guys need to hire some people who can write -- it's their job!

1620 days ago
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Professor Obvious    

Maybe Cruz's wife is wracked with pain and in the final stages of terminal lymphatic cancer and he wanted to end her suffering. You people are so quick to condemn others. Shame on all of you!

1620 days ago
10.

Michelle    

Grammar and spelling much?

1620 days ago
11.

Nick "The Slasher" McGuirk    

Hire a freaking copy editor!

1620 days ago
12.

REALUSION    

contact me, i had gay love with matt lowery. he was all, 100% man. Well except for the small bra and panty set he wore, but....still.

1620 days ago
13.

Dorinha    

This was a painful reading experience from beginning to end. Sorry, Harvey, but some of your TMZ staffers can't write for ****.

1619 days ago
14.

noneya    

This was so poorly written that I couldn't get through the article. My 9-year-old granddaughter could have done a better job than this "professional."

1619 days ago
15.

Dorinha    

How did the language filter recognize my expletive? I bastardized the spelling. Very crafty, Harvey.

1619 days ago
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