The fugitive parents of Michigan high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley were found hiding in a warehouse and trying to flee to Canada to escape charges in connection with Tuesday’s mass shooting, according to officials.
Jennifer and James Crumbley were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning after officers were informed of their location in a commercial building at 1111 Bellevue Street in Detroit.
Detroit Police Chief James White announced in an early morning press briefing that the “distressed” couple were unarmed and taken into custody “without incident.”
Their arrest was the result of an hour-long search on Friday after the couple failed to face four charges of their involuntary manslaughter at 4 pm.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced at a press conference Friday afternoon that she was taking the somewhat unusual step of charging the parents for their alleged parts in the massacre that killed four students and injured seven others. .
The couple’s son is accused of firing a shotgun at his fellow students in a hallway of Oxford High School on Tuesday, which is said to have been gifted to him by his parents.
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The Crumbleys missed their deadline to appear in court on Friday and could not be traced, prompting authorities to label them as a fugitive and issue a $10,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
The couple were last seen in public on Thursday, when they virtually appeared for their son’s statement, where he pleaded not guilty to the 24 charges leveled against him.
They are said to have withdrawn $4,000 in cash from an ATM in Rochester Hills on Friday afternoon and turned off their mobile phones to prevent them from being tracked.
Chief White announced that the couple was based in Detroit in the early hours of Saturday at the industrial building – which is used as an art studio.
The couple’s car – a black KIA SUV – was first found in the area in the parking lot of a local business after a witness saw a woman running from near the vehicle.
A later search revealed “very distressing” crumbles in the basement of the warehouse.
Chief White said the couple were unarmed and handed themselves over to authorities.
The police chief said the fugitives “appear to be hiding in the building” and that the situation “does not indicate oneself hiding in a warehouse”.
He said he believed the crumbles were “very likely” to flee the country after being captured less than a mile from the US border with Canada.
Chief White said the couple did not enter the building, but “somebody let them in”.
It is not clear who the man is or what his relationship is to the suspects, but the police chief said charges may be on the cards.
Lawyers for the Crumbleys have denied that the couple had fled, insisting in Saturday’s assertion that they were not a flight risk and that they were “absolutely going to turn themselves in” and that it was “just a matter of logistics.” “.
Prosecutors dismissed the claim, saying: “I can’t imagine why they were surprised. The whole country knew these allegations were coming.”
The judge set their bonds at $500,000 each. The Crumbleys both pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Prosecutors said that after several red flags of possible violence were raised, the Crumblies purchased the gun used in the massacre for their son and failed to take steps to stop the shooting.
Four students killed in mass shooting – Tate Myere, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Medicine Baldwin, 17; and Justin Schilling, 17 — and a teacher and six students were injured.
Ethan Crumbley is being held without bond on 24 counts, including four counts of first-degree murder and one count of terrorism. He is being accused of being an adult.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Michigan school shooting