James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the teen charged in the Oxford High School shooting were located and arrested early Saturday in Detroit, a little more than two hours after a citizen saw their vehicle and called police.
Authorities had been searching for the Crumbleys since about noon Friday after they were charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths at the high school in northern suburban Detroit. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, is charged with being the gunman in the shootings.
The Crumbley parents did not show for their arraignment Friday afternoon in Rochester Hills. The U.S. Marshals Service offered a reward for information leading to their arrests.
Officers searched through a building in the 1100 block of Bellevue near E. Lafayette. Police in SWAT gear could be seen outside the building about 12:45 a.m. as other officers checked the area, combing nearby properties with flashlights.
The investigation of the shootings and the search for the Crumbleys was led by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the vehicle was found around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
“The owner of the building arrived and saw the car in the back parking lot, knew it didn’t belong there, went to investigate,” McCabe told the Free Press.
The building’s owner immediately recognized the car from information put out by law enforcement, checked the license plate, which matched, and called 911.
“There was a woman nearby sitting near the car smoking a cigarette,” McCabe said, adding that she walked away.
As of 1:10 a.m., police were stopping passers-by, shining lights and requesting information about whether people had seen anything
By about 1:45 a.m., the Crumbleys were under arrest.
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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a teen accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school were charged with involuntary manslaughter Friday as a prosecutor described chilling moments that day when a teacher found a drawing of a gun, a person bleeding and the words “help me” at the boy’s desk.
Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said the parents committed “egregious” acts, including buying a gun and making it available to Ethan Crumbley and failing to intervene when they were summoned to the school Tuesday and confronted with the drawing.
School officials told James and Jennifer Crumbley to get their 15-year-old into counseling, McDonald said.
The prosecutor outlines the reasons behind her decision to charge James and Jennifer Crumbley. She offers detail in the video that is not in the text of this story.
He returned to class and later emerged from a bathroom with a gun, firing at students in the hallway, according to police.
Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.
“These charges are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable and also send the message that gun owners have a responsibility,” McDonald said. “When they fail to uphold that responsibility, there are serious and criminal consequences.”
It wasn’t immediately known if the Crumbleys have lawyers who could comment on the involuntary manslaughter charges. Under Michigan law, the charge can be pursued if prosecutors believe someone contributed to a situation where harm or death was high.
Parents of Michigan high school gunman Ethan Crumbley had their own run-ins with law, all misdemeanors
Mother Of Michigan School Shooting Suspect Texted ‘Don’t Do It’ After The Attack Started
Ethan Crumbley has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for the shooting Tuesday at the Oakland County school, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit.
Four students were killed and seven more people were injured. Three were in hospitals in stable condition.
Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard disclosed Wednesday that the parents met with school officials about their son’s classroom behavior, just a few hours before the shooting.
The superintendent for the district late Thursday posted a YouTube video where he said the teenager was called to the office before the shooting but “no discipline was warranted.”
Tim Throne, leader of Oxford Community Schools, said the high school looks like a “war zone” and won’t be ready for weeks. But he repeatedly credited students and staff for how they responded to the violence.
“To say that I am still in shock and numb is probably an understatement. These events that have occurred will not define us,” Throne, grim-faced and speaking slowly, said in the 12-minute video.
“I want you to know that there’s been a lot of talk about the student who was apprehended, that he was called up to the office and all that kind of stuff. No discipline was warranted,” Throne said. “There are no discipline records at the high school. Yes this student did have contact with our front office, and, yes, his parents were on campus Nov. 30.”
Throne said he couldn’t immediately release additional details.
White reported from Detroit. Associated Press journalist Mike Householder in Detroit also contributed to this report.
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