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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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31.

Kabala    

Is he a master debator too?

382 days ago
32.

Trash    

Shocked?? Anyone?? Anyone??

382 days ago
33.

Gloria    

I just feel very sad for him...it isn't easy to work your way to the top on Master Chef...it takes a lot of effort and talent...I feel for this person in crisis and hope they find out what caused him to exhibit these behaviors.

382 days ago
34.

ohsostupid    

It is called being on drugs.

382 days ago
35.

soberandsmober    

This coverage of Josh is the thing that's making me say adios to TMZ. This dude is clearly mentally unstable. But race baiter Levin is trumping it. He leaves the like of Jesse James alone, but piles on the non-celebrity Josh? **** you Harvey Levin. You're a cancer of disappointment. You're literally a crack -gossip dealer....and you know it....your mom is probably ashamed of you in Heaven.

382 days ago
36.

NOT ELMO    

Arrested 'MasterChef' Finalist
History of Odd, Criminal Behavior...............Smile and Say Cheese !

382 days ago
37.

accuracy in all media    

What history? What criminal behavior? These kind of fabricated headlines feed into bigoted attitudes. One month earlier his behavior began to manifest itself. History? Not an accurate description. Criminal? Yes, being a tall black man is criminal. Sure report the condo incident. But report it accurately. Your headline suggests something your article cannot and does not factually support.

382 days ago
38.

K    

I am actually a good friend of his and the stories that you are telling are not true. He is a wonderful person and he is currently having some battles that he is facing like any other person. Just because your life is not displayed for everyone to see doesnt mean that any of you are perfect. The comments that many of you are making are wrong and highly judgemental. Take a look at yourselves and say that you are perfect and have never handled or encoutered a situation that is beyond your control. The media is all about getting paid. And it is terrible that you would invade the privacy of a person and print the foolishness that you have. God is with him and he will overcome this illness because he is a strong man.

381 days ago
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