Who is fatally stabbing Suspect James Matthew Dorsey?
A Washington state man suspected of fatally stabbing his estranged wife in California on Thursday was arrested after an hours-long standoff with law enforcement, authorities said.
How old is James Matthew Dorsey?
He is 41 years old.
James Matthew Dorsey Arrested
James Matthew Dorsey, 41, was taken into custody peacefully north of Los Angeles, just after 10 p.m. local time, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
James Matthew Fataly Sttabed Estranged wife
The suspect’s estranged wife was stabbed to death at her Santa Clarita home Thursday morning, prompting a search for James Matthew Dorsey.
By the afternoon, authorities believed they had located Dorsey.
After a short chase, he crashed the victim’s vehicle to the side of the road in the Gorman area near Los Alamos Creek and was remaining in the car in a standoff with sheriff’s deputies. He appeared to be waving a knife inside the vehicle.
He remained inside the vehicle for hours. But by 10 p.m. the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau reported he was in custody.
The stabbing was reported in the 22800 block of Fir Court in the Saugus community just after 5 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
James Matthew Dorsey Victim
The victim, who has only been identified as a woman in her 30s, was found with multiple stab wounds and was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“Prior to dying, she identified her estranged husband, who we are naming as James Matthew Dorsey, as the person who stabbed her,” Lt. Barry Hall said at the scene.
James Matthew Dorsey Chase
“After several hours and many verbal attempts by Santa Clarita Station deputies, SEB [Special Enforcement Bureau] Tactical Team, and Crisis Negotiations Team, the incident concluded peacefully,” authorities said. “The suspect was arrested and taken into custody without any incident.”
James Matthew Dorsey Accused the Stabbing
Dorsey is accused of stabbing his estranged wife in her Santa Clarita home Thursday morning while her children were inside, according to reports. She identified Dorsey as her killer before dying at a local hospital, sheriff’s department Lt. Barry Hall said.
“They’re estranged. He was not welcome at the house. He does not live here,” Hall said.
After the alleged stabbing, Dorsey fled the scene in a white Chevy Malibu and led deputies on a chase before crashing in the Antelope Valley area Thursday evening, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.
He refused to get out of the car, leading to the standoff, which lasted about five hours.
Dorsey had been considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. The victim has yet to be identified.
The suspect fled the scene in the victim’s 2013 white, four-door Chevrolet Malibu, with California license plate 7ALF904, after having stabbed the woman multiple times in the upper torso, Hall said.
Dorsey is believed to have driven down to Santa Clarita in a 2008 white Saturn SUV with Washington license plates, for which law enforcement were also searching, Hall added.
“We are actively searching for that vehicle right now, and there’s already an arrest warrant in the system for the suspect,” Hall added Thursday morning, while the suspect was at large.
The Signal is refraining from identifying the victim until her identity is publicly released by the L.A. County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s Office or the Sheriff’s Department.
Court documents obtained by The Signal indicated that the victim had filed for a temporary restraining order against and legal separation from Dorsey on Aug. 27, 2019, in the North Valley District branch of the L.A. County Superior Court.
The restraining order also lists the victim’s three sons — ages 13, 11, 9 — as those who are included in the protective order.
In the request for the restraining order, the victim marked a box that said she had asked for the restraining order and had not provided Dorsey with a notice of her filing because she was “afraid that the violence would reoccur when (she) gave notice that (she) was asking for these orders.”
The court records also indicate the two had an upcoming court appearance scheduled for June 14.
Natalie Arriaga, a spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station, confirmed that local deputies had responded to the stabbing early Thursday morning. She referred all additional questions about the investigation to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.
The white Malibu was spotted heading eastbound on Highway 138 at approximately 1 p.m. in Lancaster, according to officials at the California Highway Patrol Traffic Management office. Deputies were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle on a nearby dirt road off the highway after a thorough search of the surrounding area, according to sheriff’s officials.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile AP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org.