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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.

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Barb    

Good job! It's nice to see people doing the right thing without being forced.

1533 days ago
17.

lovelessangel    

who is this dirty bastard anyway? Besides some dumb **** that wanted to kill his wife for an unknown reason. I hope he gets assed raped

1533 days ago
18.

HarveyRLevin    

Hey #15-- REALUSION. Did you get Harvey also? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

1533 days ago
19.

Kelley    

Wow. It amazes me what "celebrities" think they can get away with.

1533 days ago
20.

JLS    

What if the one homeless man wouldn't have gotten arrested for loitering and spilled his guts on the murder for hire? Close call. They didn't just go to the police. Talk about awful. Fry this man.

1533 days ago
21.

Guest    

Cruz, if you are bold enough to go to a bunch of homeless innocent men, and tell and bribe them to kill your wife, why couldn't you be bold enough to do that yourself? You must have thought the homeless people you've talk to don't have common sense. THINK AGAIN! That is why you are locked up! Think first, before doing or speaking!

1533 days ago
22.

seearees    

Stop snitching.



That is all.

1533 days ago
23.

Hobos & Bums    

How much money did you TMZ guys give them for this 'exclusive'? I bet they'd say anything for $20 each.

1532 days ago
24.

tony    

hey Harv and the rest of the dumb asses in that news room.....this isnt news!!!!! stop keeping people dumbed downed with this bull****.

1532 days ago
25.

Liz    

Did a 5th grader write this article?

1532 days ago
26.

deb    

#2 your comment made me chukle,i thought the same thing.

1532 days ago
27.

A. G.    

SO SAD...HASN'T THIS IDIOT HEARD OF DEVORCE!!??...
NOW, IF HE HAD PUT A HIT ON RETCHED rachel ray-tard or boobie a**hole flay or guy man-boy, doesn't know how to pronounce his own last name clown or one of the other no talent moron hacks at foodtv...OR BETTER YET...martha sewart!...i would have sent him some money towards the cause!!;)
WELL, MAYBE foodtv WILL GIVE HIM A NEW SHOW...WHERE HE SHOW THE OTHER INMATES HOW HE TOSSES SALAD!!:)

1532 days ago
28.

gig    

Big Dave looks and sounds like James Hatfield.

1532 days ago
29.

KQ    

Yeah I found a link that shows their phone conversations




http://tinyurl.com/392aktn/index.php?id=3d620d2d1b5e9869885e4007314ee049

1531 days ago
30.

hmm    

This is the book he was working on.



http://www.lifeofreiley.com/mediakit/bio.htm



http://eatsomethingsexy.com/blogs/thelovediet/

1531 days ago
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