Who is James Dorsey? Man Stabs Wife to Death in Santa Clarita, Police Say

A man accused of stabbing to death his estranged wife after driving to her home in California from Washington state was arrested on Thursday night after a standoff with police.

Officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department named James Dorsey as the suspect in custody. He allegedly fatally stabbed his wife, 39, who has not been named, while the three children were inside her Santa Clarita home at around 5 a.m. PDT on Thursday.

Police said the 41-year-old lived in Washington state and drove to California on Wednesday.

Dorsey was described as a white, 5ft-6in-tall man weighing 165 pounds.

The victim was found with stab wounds and was taken to hospital where she died, the sheriff's department said.

Witnesses told CBSLA the children were not injured and did not see the attack unfold.

"Prior to dying, she identified her estranged husband, who we are naming as James Matthew Dorsey, as the person who stabbed her," LASD Lt. Barry Hall told CBSLA.

"The information we have right now is that he's not even living in the state, and they were certainly estranged, he's not even welcome at the house... He probably forced his way through the door at the back."

Dorsey allegedly fled the house in the victim's vehicle and was found by law enforcement later on Thursday near the town of Neenach, where a standoff ensued for several hours. Police believed he was armed.

The suspect was taken into custody around 10:10 p.m., the LASD tweeted.

In a statement, police said: "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) has concluded their tactical response regarding the suspect at 330th Street West and Alamo Pump Drive, Neenach.

"After several hours and many verbal attempts by Santa Clarita Station deputies, SEB Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiations Team the incident concluded peacefully.

"SEB Tactical Team was able to safely contact the barricaded armed murder suspect.

"The suspect was arrested and taken into custody without any incident.

"Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita Station at (661) 255-1121."

Speaking after the incident, one neighbor told The Signal: "She's really sweet. Just a sweet, sweet mom. She's always doing things with her kids. Very sweet neighbor."

Another neighbor, Blake Pocquette, told CBSLA: "It's just hard to fathom in our community, I don't know what to say. We are devastated just for the family."

A fundraising page set up for the children had raised around $10,000 by Friday morning.

Newsweek contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for comment.