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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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16.

OhWell    

Where's George Zimmerman When You Need Him?

343 days ago
17.

HumanNature    

Damn,is that a nose or a funnel?

343 days ago
18.

dd    

He's bi-polar, why can some people get away with setting fires and use illness as an excuse? He is obviously ill.

343 days ago
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Myself    

I really don't understand, he was so level-headed and down-to-earth on the show. The sad fact about mental illness is that it strikes so many people during their twenties.

343 days ago
20.

notalawyer    

maybe he will get kitchen duty in the big house...

343 days ago
21.

Horndog    

Odd, criminal behavior sounds more like a TMZ (tm) morning staff meeting.

343 days ago
22.

mr.howell     

I've seen enough..lock him up!..what a nutso!.

343 days ago
23.

baybek8s    

This young man needs Psychiatric treatment not jail. I hope he was transferred to a mental hospital and the charges get dropped.

343 days ago
24.

GhastFigure    

Get rid of him. There is no room in society for people like him.

343 days ago
25.

ivegotthis    

I've seen this before it the kanye west syndrome...its symptoms are those of violent outbursts and self worship.

343 days ago
26.

Master P    

Somebody make him President!

343 days ago
27.

miter    

thats an ugly nose.

343 days ago
28.

Keisha    

Come on Josh,you are way better than this,don't blow your future. It isn't anything to be embarrassed about,ask for help. Your food is inspiring and you found your calling as a chef. You are a really nice guy with a heart of gold but you have to seek medical help to keep this from ever happening again. I can't wait to hear all the good things you do with your life when this is all in your past and looking forward to the future,I believe it will shine brightly for you.

343 days ago
29.

Ozzie X    

Reality TV must be desperate for talent. A simple criminal background check would have sufficed.

343 days ago
30.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

He's got the biggest nostrils I've ever seen.

343 days ago
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