LA teacher arrested after wife's stabbing death

LOS ANGELES - An elementary school teacher accused of chasing down and stabbing his estranged wife to death on a San Fernando Valley neighborhood street was arrested Monday in a neighboring county, police said.

Michael Rodney Kane, 46, was arrested just after midnight in San Bernardino County, officer Sara Faden said.

Police kicked in the door of a Joshua Tree motel and arrested Kane, detective Dave Peteque said. He did not resist arrest but was treated at a hospital for cuts and puncture wounds, the investigator said.

Kane has taught since 2008 at Nestle Avenue Charter Elementary School in Tarzana.

Lt. Warren Jones said Michael Kane is expected to be charged with murder and arraigned Wednesday morning in a Van Nuys courtroom.

His wife, Michelle Ann Kane, 43, was killed shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday, one day after she reported to police that her husband had violated a restraining order and vandalized the home they had shared, police said.

She was staying with friends in West Hills when Kane showed up, forced his way inside and confronted his wife, who fled, Jones said.

Kane caught up to her, scuffled with and cut the homeowner's hand when he tried to intervene and then repeatedly stabbed her, police said.

Michelle Kane died at the scene. The homeowner was treated at a hospital and released, Jones said.

Next door neighbor Loni Specter, 63, said the homeowner told him that Kane was a friend of 20 years, and he'd calmly walked up to the front door that morning and asked to speak to his wife.

When the homeowner said he didn't think it was a good idea, Kane busted the door open, knocking the homeowner down.

The homeowner wrestled with Kane, who had a knife. When the homeowner grabbed the knife it split his hand open, at which point the homeowner shouted for Kane's wife to "run, run."

Kane ran after her and caught up, stabbing her until she collapsed in the street about 80 feet from the house. Kane continued to stab her before he dropped the knife and fled. Specter's daughter was on the way to work when she heard screaming outside and saw a man standing over a bleeding woman.

"She saw a woman lying there, a guy standing there, and she's thinking `Oh my God, may be someone's been mugged or hit by a car," Specter said.

She ran back into the house shouting for her family to wake up and called 911. When they got outside, they saw the homeowner cradling the woman who had been stabbed in the cheek, chest and stomach area, and many times in the back.

Specter said the homeowner told him the man "had wailed on her when she was on the ground."

Dropped by the woman's side was a folding pocket knife with a 5- to 6-inch blade, Specter said.

"My son and my wife tried to stem the bleeding, but it was impossible," Specter said. "The woman was literally dead within moments of hitting the pavement."

Another neighbor, Roy Bernard, told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/10q9gkk ) that the homeowners told him the Kanes' two children hid in a bathroom during the attack, along with two children from the host family.

The injured man's wife huddled with them, he said.

Kane's wife had reported her husband to police at the Topanga Station only hours before the killing, Sgt. Al Flores told the Times on Sunday.

"She came in here the night before and said that they were going through a divorce and that she was concerned, that she was worried," Flores said.

An officer at the station spent more than an hour with Michelle Kane on Friday night.

"I believe that everything that we could possibly do for her was done," Flores said.

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