Homeless for Hire

Posted by Alyssa on May 21st, 2010

Photo courtesy of CBS News

Food Network star, Juan-Carlos Cruz allegedly solicited three homeless men to kill his wife, Jennifer Campbell. The men, Big Dave, Little Dave and Shane, claim to have been offered $1,000 to slit her throat. According to one source, Cruz was looking to the men for “dirty deeds done cheap.”

Cruz then gave Little Dave a box which contained a box cutter, a disposable cell phone, gloves and a pocket watch.  He says Cruz gave 1/2 of 10 hundred dollar bills, and promised to give him the other halves when the job was done.  Little Dave says Cruz showed him a picture of the other half of the money.

When Big Dave was arrested for loitering, he informed the police of Cruz’s solicitation, and the police began an investigation. In cooperation with police, the men called Cruz for a meeting to discuss the plan, where a cop was watching nearby and videotaping everything. Big Dave was also wearing a wire during the meeting accroding to an interview the men had with TMZ.

Cruz was arrested on Thursday for solicitation to commit murder.

As for why Cruz allegedly wanted to kill his wife, the men have told cops Cruz said she had received a family inheritance he wanted — but we’ve learned cops have since learned no such inheritance existed.

Additionally, CBS News says:

If convicted, Cruz faces up to nine years in prison. He is being held on $5 million bail.

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