The Former Food Network chef Juan Carlos Cruz was arrested in Santa Monica on May 14th.Â According to Santa Monica Police Sergeant Jay Trisler Juan Carlos Cruz was arrested Thursday on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder. He is being held on $5 million bail.
Juan-Carlos Cruz, the former host of Food Network's "Calorie Commando" is accused of plotting to hire homeless people to carry out a murder.
The Santa Monica Police Department did not release details about the intended target or the alleged murder plot.
The plan fell apart when the homeless people Cruz allegedly recruited told officers with the Santa Monica Police Department's Homeless Liaison Program, authorities said.
"The individuals who were solicited agreed to assist the Santa Monica Police Department in the investigation," a police statement said.
"The results of the investigation revealed the murder-for-hire method, where and when the individual was to be killed, and the terms of payment."
The investigation began on May 7, and Cruz was arrested Thursday, police said.