TV Chef Busted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

Juan-Carlos Cruz is caught in sting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2010 12:46 PM CDT
In this undated photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department, Juan-Carlos Cruz is shown.   (AP Photo/Santa Monica Police Department)

(Newser) – A celebrity chef who hosted Calorie Commando on the Food Network is in prison on charges he tried to hire a hitman. Cops say Juan-Carlos Cruz had the bright idea to approach random homeless people looking for an assassin. They reported him, and he's now behind bars after an undercover sting, reports the Los Angeles Times. Police are providing no details on the would-be victim, but TMZ says it was his wife.
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