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Arrested 'MasterChef' Finalist

History of Odd, Criminal Behavior

8/4/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The "MasterChef" finalist who was arrested after getting into a violent, bizarre encounter with cops ... has a history of criminal behavior ... including a previous arrest.

TMZ broke the story ... Josh Marks was popped by cops in Chicago last week after he allegedly punched a cop and tried to steal his gun. It took 5 cops to finally subdue the 7-foot-2 giant, after using pepper spray and batons. Once in custody cops say Marks claimed he was God.

Marks' lawyer told TMZ afterwards, doctors are evaluating the chef for a mental illness, arguing he wasn't in his right mind when the alleged attack went down.

Now we've learned this isn't the first time Marks has had a run in with the law.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Marks was arrested in June for trespassing in a Chicago condo complex -- after allegedly sneaking in on numerous occasions and bizarrely telling residents he lived there. He DID NOT.

At the time, the building sent a WARNING to residents to be on the lookout for a "very tall" African-American man, who "enters the building by catching the door." They were told to call 911. The case is still pending.

As for the assault case, Marks has been charged with two felonies and faces 14 years in prison.

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1.

Sng    

Clearly he is ill. Hope he gets help so he doesnt hurt others or himself. Sad

255 days ago
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shakedoggy    

if obama had a blak son he wood look and behave like this guy

255 days ago
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bendover    

SOMEONE HASN T TAKEN IS ANTI PSYCHOTIC MEDICATION

255 days ago
4.

static    

It's racism.

255 days ago
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Stiletto    

The arresting officers of the most recent event deserve a heck of a lot of respect...I can't imagine --what with the usual out come we hear about-- that this man was not killed outright. Major props officers!

255 days ago
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Sonja    

So again, this first arrest also showed signs of a mental illness since he wasn't hurting anyone and was claiming to live there. You make it sound like he's obviously had trouble with the law verses he's obviously shown signs of mental illness before. Hope this guy gets some help and isn't just shuttle to prison. Stories like this are sad in that they really show how differently some are treated compared to others, and how unfair the system really can be.

255 days ago
7.

wtf    

that's odd. he doesn't look like the kind of guy who would have a criminal history...

255 days ago
8.

tmz addict    

fame will do that to you!!... Poor guy!

255 days ago
9.

Rave    

I now automatically assume all reality television contestants have a mental problem.

255 days ago
10.

Fred Farkel    

Oops.


Another black guy arrested who made it to the finals???


Get me Reverend Al.


This is clearly racially motivated.


BTW: Where's the TMZ story about Tawana Brawley?

255 days ago
11.

namers    

Food for thought: reality TV needs to do more thorough background checks.

255 days ago
12.

martinsrg    

Once you start making money you go back to your previous addictions that you couldn't afford when you were broke. In this case it seems like meth.

255 days ago
13.

Just_Me    

I feel bad for him, hopefully he gets the help he needs. He seemed like such a nice guy on the show and could cook his butt off.

255 days ago
14.

paul    

where is Friday's episode?

255 days ago
15.

mrharrybawls2012    

My G.I. Joe doll from the 1970's looks exactly like this guy in the picture. Mabye if I have time this weekend I will put a chef's hat on the doll as a way of showing solidarity.

255 days ago
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