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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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31.

anna    

To those who are assuming that everything noted or stated is complete story, your being told info only of what the public was aloud to know. There was an ongoing investigation. That means things are not as they always appear to be. People are gullable. The case is what it is, I speak having first hand knowledge of all the facts and the story as it was unveiling. No they were not going to go through with the hit. The pick up on loitering charges were a way to cover up what was information was being brought to the surface in order for the public to be unaware! Dah!
People, things are not always as they appear on the surface-there are hidden motives and agendas as well as factors when allegations become truth and ur building a case!!!!!!!

1617 days ago
32.

Linn    

Sounds like he got his idea from watching the movie Fletch. It didnt work for Alan Stanwick either...

1616 days ago
33.

pycho    

no know u dumbass ppl y dont u walk in our shoes i know for fact yall coundlt last a ****in day out on the streets and if u got a problem come find shane ok so all of u that think we r bums yall can **** OFF JUGGALO 4 LIFE

1614 days ago
34.

panchang810    

#3, you really cracked me up when you said "These homeless people seem pretty unprofessional." So you expected those three homeless men to be very professional and so smart by coming up with such super intelligent plan to murder a woman? Lolol!!! I can't stop laughing really!!! lol!!!

1613 days ago
35.

panchang810    

#3Professor Obvioud, you really cracked me up with your comment "These homeless people seem pretty unprofessional." Lol! So you expected those homeless guys to be super smart to come up with much better and more sophisticated plot to murder a woman they don't even know? And for a measly grand? I was really LMAO!!!

1613 days ago
36.

Sam    

#3 "These homeless people seem pretty unprofessional."

Hilarious! I got a good laugh from that comment.

1455 days ago
37.

davidwardsullins    

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1399 days ago
38.

pycho    

you know what i thought they did good except the guy in the grey shirt he look so unprofessional!!!!

959 days ago
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