James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley Captured After Search
The parents of alleged Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley, 15, were caught in the early hours of Saturday morning in Detroit, police announced overnight.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert for James and Jennifer Crumbley on Friday, Dec. 3, the same day prosecutors charged them with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each over their son’s alleged murder of four people at Oxford High School on Tues., Nov. 30.
Detroit Police Chief James E. White personally made the announcement that the parents had been captured. The two were nabbed at a commercial building about ten minutes east of downtown Detroit, he said; the police chief described the couple as being “distressed” when they were caught.
“One of them, you know, head down — had a hoodie on — just very upset,” the chief said. “As you can imagine . . . it’s hard to paint the the picture — just very distressed in light of being taken into custody
NOW: Detroit Police Chief James E. White confirms arrest of James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of alleged Oxford shooter Ethan Crumbley, 15, on the city’s east side.
— Detroit Police News (@detroitpolice) December 4, 2021
The parents are currently being held in the Oakland County Jail pending an initial court appearance. James was processed at 2:45 a.m.; Jennifer was booked at 2:58 a.m., jail records indicate.
The search for the duo unfolded with a police call for information about the pair which quickly spread both locally and nationwide.
“The Crumbleys are driving a black 2021 Kia Seltos SUV with the Michigan Plate DQG 5203,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department said at 3:55 p.m. Friday afternoon. “Please call 911 immediately if you have information about their whereabouts.”
The U.S. Marshals Service said later Friday it was also part of the search for the wanted duo.
The US Marshals have adopted the case of the search for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the accused Oxford HS (Mich.) shooter. The USMS Detroit Fugitive Apprehension team is working in conjunction with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office on the search.
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) December 3, 2021
The couple’s attorneys claimed the duo had fled town “for their own safety” after the shooting and and were making their way back to face the charges, both CNN and Lansing, Mich. television station WLNS reported.
“On Thursday night we contacted the Oakland County prosecutor to discuss this matter and to advise her that James and Jennifer Crumbley would be turning themselves in to be arraigned,” attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman said in a statement to a number of newsrooms. “Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges. The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports.”
Two attorneys working with the parents of the Michigan school shooting suspect say the couple aren’t fleeing, but left town days ago “for their own safety” and will return for their arraignment https://t.co/86ihu51U5d
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 3, 2021
That story repeatedly changed as Friday progressed. Authorities said the couple had vanished when they sought to effectuate an arrest after prosecutors announced charges against the couple; the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said later that the couple’s attorney indicated she could not reach the Crumbleys by phone or by text message.
WLNS said that the parents of the alleged shooter were supposed to turn themselves in at about 2:00 p.m. Friday. The couple was supposed to then face a judge for the first time at 4:00 p.m., the television station said. The courthouse closed at 5:00 p.m. without the couple appearing, the Detroit News reported.
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