Police say the 46-year-old stabbed his ex-wife outside a home in West Hills Saturday and fled the scene before officers arrived.
Michelle Ann Kane, 43, of West Hills had filed a restraining order against Michael Kane. Police say the victim reported a violation of that temporary restraining order Friday and then took her two children to a friend's house.
On Saturday morning, residents of the 7100 block of Deveron Ridge Road said the suspect showed up and threatened to kill his wife.
A friend confronted him while Michelle Kane ran down the street to get away. Police say the suspect caught up to her and stabbed her to death on the street.
"I noticed somebody laying on the street, on the corner, and I walked up there and there was a woman lying on the street, dead, cut horribly," said West Hills resident Roy Bernard.
Responding officers founds the woman lying on the street suffering from multiple stab wounds. Los Angeles Fire Paramedics pronounced Michelle Kane dead at the scene.
Police went to Michael Kane's apartment located on Vanowen Street and Fallbrook Avenue Saturday. During their search, they found bloodstains in the building. A resident of the building also said she recalled seeing Kane earlier in the day with blood on his clothing.
Residents say Kane seemed to be very upset about his divorce.
Kane was described as a white male, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 175 pounds.
Police say Kane may be driving a 1999 Chrysler 300M either silver, gray or mint green in color, with California license plate number 4HGP487.
Detectives believe the suspect may have been injured during the assault and may require medical attention.
Authorities urged Kane to turn himself in by contacting any local police agency.
Anyone who sees Kane or has information related to the case should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.