Crime & Justice

West Hills stabbing victim's husband Michael Rodney Kane arrested (updated)

Michael Rodney Kane
Michael Rodney Kane

Michael Rodney Kane, a Los Angeles Unified elementary school teacher suspected in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in West Hills, was taken into custody early Monday morning, according to police in San Bernardino County
Kane, 46, allegedly killed his wife Saturday. The couple had been going through a bitter divorce.

The day before the slaying, Michelle Kane stopped by the Topanga Station to report her husband had violated a temporary restraining order, LAPD Lt. Warren Jones of the Topanga Station told KPCC.
"Following the completion of that report, she — along with her two children — had gone to stay at the residence of her friends," Jones said. "On the morning of June 15, the victim's estranged husband arrived at the location, and during the subsequent altercation stabbed the victim multiple times, resulting in her death."

Kane is accused of going to a West Hills home around 8 a.m. Saturday, wounding a friend who tried to protect Michelle Kane, then chasing her outside and stabbing her multiple times, Jones told a local wire service.

The 43-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Jones said. Her two children — believed to be Kane's — were inside the home.

The suspect was taken into custody shortly after midnight this morning in San Bernardino County, said Officer Susan Torres of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations office.
Officials at LAUSD would not comment on the arrest, but did confirm Michael Kane is a teacher at Nestle Avenue Charter Elementary School in Tarzana.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website noted he has a multiple-subject teaching credential and is listed as being in good standing until Dec. 1, 2017. He has been a credentialed teacher since June 5, 1998.

Kane started as a substitute teacher in the LAUSD in 1997, followed by three permanent teaching assignments, the latest at Nestle Avenue Charter Elementary, in Tarzana, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Records show no disciplinary action, according to the newspaper.

Kane is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.

This story has been updated.