Police Searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley
Fifteen year-old Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult with one count of terrorism, 4 counts of first degree murder, 7 counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm. His parents were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, with Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald announcing the charges in a Friday press conference and citing the multiple warnings about Ethan’s behavior, the fact that the parents purchased the handgun for Ethan, and text messages Jennifer had sent to her son.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard confirmed that James and Jennifer Crumbley were missing in an interview with CNN’s Victor Blackwell Friday afternoon.
“Sheriff, thank you for your time,” said Blackwell. “They have now been charged. Where are the Crumbleys?”
“As a matter of fact, that’s a question our detectives are working on right now,” said Bouchard. He explained that the Crumbleys’ attorney had called his detectives and said if the prosecutor announced charges they would “make arrangements” for them to surrender to police. However, after McDonald issued the charges, the lawyer said that the Crumbleys were not returning her calls or texts.
“If they think they’re going to get away, they’re not,” said Bouchard.
“So the Crumbleys are missing now?” asked a stunned Blackwell.
“Correct,” the sheriff replied. He confirmed that they had searched the Crumbley residence, and his fugitive apprehension team was working with the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service.
“What’s your degree of concern that they are armed?” asked Blackwell.
“You know, anything’s possible,” said Bouchard. “I would not encourage anybody to approach them. I think it would be unlikely, but we’re not going to take that chance. We’re going to go get them.”
Bouchard said that “every available resource” was dedicated to finding the Crumbleys.
The Crumbleys have no other children, and appeared at their son’s arraignment via Zoom. Their video camera was originally off at the beginning of the hearing, but they later turned it on, showing that they were inside of a car, leading to speculation by observers that they might have already fled the jurisdiction.
Blackwell asked Bouchard if the Crumbleys’ vehicles were still at their home and he demurred, saying that he was not going to “get into what our detectives are doing” but that his office would “put something out as it develops.”
Watch the video above, via CNN.
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