New York fugitive captured in Anne Arundel County

Ex-convict wanted in killing of wife in Manhattan salon

  • Michael Kenny was being held on a fugitive warrant in Anne Arundel County Saturday after being arrested on a fugitive warrant in the slaying of his estranged wife in a Manhattan hair salon.
Michael Kenny was being held on a fugitive warrant in Anne Arundel… (Handout photo )
March 12, 2011|By Michael Dresser | Baltimore Sun reporter

A 42-year-old New York man was being held on a fugitive warrant in Anne Arundel County on Saturday after being arrested on a fugitive warrant in the slaying of his estranged wife in a Manhattan hair salon.

Michael Kenny of Brooklyn was captured Friday night by Anne Arundel County officers after a low-speed chase that ended in the 700 block of Mattawa Court in Millersville, police spokesman Lt. James Fredericks said.

Kenny, described by the New York Daily News as a "crazy-eyed ex-con" who was the target of a nationwide manhunt, was wanted in the stabbing death of Denise Kenny in a Midtown salon Thursday. According to the Daily News, authorities believe Kenny killed his wife in a bathroom above the salon after she turned down his pleas to get back together.

Anne Arundel County officers were told by New York police that they had learned Kenny was on his way to meet with family members in the Millersville area, traveling in stolen white box van, Fredericks said. The spokesman said officers went to the residence and devised a plan to safeguard family members.

All day Friday, police said, detectives and uniformed officers patrolled the Millersville area looking for Kenny, hoping to capture him before he could reach the family's neighborhood.

About 7 p.m., a detective conducting surveillance in the area of the Millersville home spotted the stolen van in a parking lot nearby, county police said.

According to police, Kenny drove from the lot and led officers on what Fredericks described as a "low-speed chase" on local roads that never got above 50 mph. Fredericks said that after Kenny refused to pull over, officers used "stop sticks" to puncture two of the van's tires near the spot where he was first seen.

Fredericks said that after coming to a stop on Mattawa Court, Kenny refused to get out of the van and that officers used a "less-than-lethal" beanbag shot from a shotgun to stun and subdue him. Though he did not appear to be injured, the suspect was taken to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center for treatment.

According to court records, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Kenny was being held on a fugitive warrant at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center. A court appearance for an extradition hearing had not yet been scheduled, Fredericks said.

Fredericks said the county state's attorney's office had yet to decide whether Kenny, described by the Daily News as having a 22-year criminal record, would face charges in Maryland.

According to the Daily News, the slaying took place after Denise Kenny gave her husband a haircut. The newspaper described a scene in which the killer tracked blood through the salon as he fled the scene.

According to DNAinfo.com in New York, Michael Kenny has a long criminal record, including the armed robbery of a delicatessen in 1999 and violating a protective order obtained by his wife.

michael.dresser@baltsun.com

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