That suspect we told you about who was arrested for allegedly attempting to hire homeless people in Santa Monica to murder someone turned out to be a former Food Network chef.
Juan-Carlos Cruz had hosted the network's Calorie Commando program, a show focused on diet-conscious recipes. Santa Monica police say he approached homeless people in the city and allegedly asked them to commit a murder. Authorities would not identify the prospective victim.
More than one homeless person approached Santa Monica police Homeless Liason Program workers on May 7 and reported the alleged solicitation, Sgt. Jay Trisler said.
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Cruz was subsequently tracked down in Los Angeles and arrested on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, Trisler said. He was being held in lieu of $5 million bail.