Homeless tip off cops to alleged murder-for-hire schemeA man tried to hire a homeless person to murder someone, Santa Monica police said.
He allegedly contacted more than one homeless person, and at least a few told the police department's Homeless Liaison Program workers. The homeless informants helped police catch the suspect.
Juan-Carlos Cruz, of Los Angeles, was arrested on charges of solicitation to commit murder, police said.
Police said they learned the method by which the prospective victim was to be killed, and the "terms of payment," but they would not offer more details.
Read the LA Weekly report here.
Update: The Los Angeles Times gas a more complete story.