Crime & Justice

Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz to be arraigned in alleged murder plot

Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz, who was arrested for allegedly hiring two homeless men to kill his wife, may be arraigned today at the Airport Courthouse.

Cruz, who hosted "Calorie Commando" and "Weighing In," was arrested Thursday by Santa Monica police and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, police said.

Cruz, 48, was being held in lieu of $5 million and scheduled to be arraigned today.

Santa Monica police said they were contacted May 7 by two men who said Cruz had hired them to kill someone. reported that Cruz paid the men half of the $1,000 he promised for the job and gave them a box containing a box cutter, disposable cell phone, gloves and a pocket watch.