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Posted at 2:26 PM ET, 03/12/2011

N.Y. murder suspect arrested in Md.

By Matt Zapotosky

A man who reportedly stabbed his estranged wife to death in a New York City hair salon was arrested in Anne Arundel County Friday after a slow speed police chase, authorities said.

Michael Kenny, 42, of Queens, N.Y., was wanted in connection with a March 10 murder in New York City, Anne Arundel County police said in a news release. News reports indicate he stabbed his estranged wife to death in a hair salon.

New York City Police homicide detectives contacted their Anne Arundel counterparts at about noon Friday, saying they had received word Kenny would be traveling to Millersville to reach family members there, Anne Arundel County police said in a news release. The detectives said Kenny would likely be driving in a white work van that had been stolen in New York, Anne Arundel police said.

Anne Arundel detectives moved Miller’s family to Queen Anne’s County, then saturated the area to search for Kenny, authorities said.

At about 7 p.m., a detective spotted Kenny and the stolen van in a parking lot and called for backup. Other officers soon arrived and tried to pull the van over, authorities said. Kenny did not stop, but maintained what authorities said were speeds less than 50 miles per hour while officers followed him. He eventually returned to the original area, running over police stop sticks that brought his van to rest in the 700 block of Mattawa Court, authorities said.

Yet the incident dragged on. At first, authorities said, Kenny refused to get out of the vehicle. Officers had to use a shotgun that fires a beanbag to stun and stop him, authorities said. As per department policy when such a weapon is used, he was taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released to police, authorities said.

Police said Kenny is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on a detainer from New York. Local charges related to the chase have not yet been filed, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 12, 2011; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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