Juan Carlos Cruz Was Arrested Thursday

TV chef Juan Carlos Cruz was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder. Juan Carlos Cruz is under arrest in an alleged murder for hire plot involving homeless people, Santa Monica police said.

Homeless people told the city’s homeless liaison officers that Cruz asked them to kill someone, Trisler said. They agreed to help police investigate the alleged murder for hire plot.

Detectives discovered where, when and how the targeted individual was to be killed and how much money Cruz allegedly offered, Trisler said.

Cruz is being held on $5 million bail. Trisler said his bail was raised because of information discovered during the investigation.