Oxford high school shooting: parents of suspected Michigan school shooter arrested after manhunt
James and Jennifer Crumbley were found on the first floor of an industrial building near where authorities had located their car shortly before their arrest, Detroit Police spokesman Rudy Harper told CNN .
“They appeared to be hiding in the building,” Detroit Police Chief James White said at a press conference early Saturday morning. They were “very upset” after their arrest, the chief said.
The police considered the couple as fugitives after failing their indictment which was scheduled for Friday afternoon.
CNN contacted the couple’s attorney, Shannon Smith, who previously said the Crumbleys had left town for their own safety and intended to surrender voluntarily.
But White stressed that there was no sign the Crumbleys wanted to be found. He added that the couple were helped to get inside the building, a matter which could trigger charges.
“This does not indicate that they are surrendering, hiding in a warehouse,” said the police chief.
They have been transferred to Oakland County Jail, where their son is also being held, and are expected to be brought to justice later Saturday morning.
They withdrew $ 4,000 from an ATM on Friday, an official told CNN
The US Marshals Service was helping local authorities search for the couple and had offered a reward of up to $ 10,000 for information that could lead to their arrest.
In the end, Detroit Police made the arrest after a local business owner saw a woman standing near the “suspicious vehicle” in her parking lot and called 911, a statement said to CNN. Deputy Sheriff Michael McCabe of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
âAfter a thorough search by the DPD, including Detroit K-9 units, the two fugitives were located and arrested by the DPD,â McCabe said.
Prosecutors were concerned about the couple’s flight because they had no connection to their community, and officials struggled to locate the Crumbleys once their son was brought to justice, a source said on Friday. policewoman at CNN.
Parents also withdrew $ 4,000 from an ATM in Rochester Hills, Mich. On Friday, a law enforcement official told CNN. Rochester Hills is approximately 10 to 15 miles from Oxford.
Law enforcement was tracking the couple’s whereabouts with cellphone pings, but that signal dropped because the couple’s cellphones were turned off, the official said.
The shooting was the deadliest on a U.S. K-12 campus since 2018 and the 32nd such attack since August 1. It claimed the life of 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17.
Prosecutors say more about role of parents ahead of shoot
The arrests come after authorities on Friday revealed more information about the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting.
On November 26, James Crumbley purchased the gun that authorities said had been used in the shooting at a store in Oxford, Mich., With his son, according to Karen McDonald, the prosecutor who runs the case.
Shortly after, her son posted a photo of a gun to an Instagram account and captioned it, “Just got my new beauty today. SIG SAUER 9mm” with an eye emoji heart, McDonald said.
Jennifer Crumbley also posted about the weapon on social media, calling it “her new Christmas present,” McDonald continued. And his mother also took him to a shooting range the weekend before the school shooting, according to a law enforcement officer.
On Monday – the day before the shooting – – a teacher saw Ethan Crumbley searching his phone for ammunition and reported it to school officials, the prosecutor said.
Jennifer Crumbley didn’t respond to school officials when they called her about the conduct, but later that day she texted her son saying, “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught, âsays McDonald.
Then on Tuesday, the day of the shooting, another teacher became alarmed after the alleged shooter had a drawing showing a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words “Thoughts won’t stop. Help me.” McDonald said.
Another section displayed a drawing of a bullet with the words âBlood everywhereâ written above it. Between the drawing of the gun and the bullet is that of a person who appears to have been shot twice and is bleeding, McDonald said.
âBelow that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji,â McDonald said.
We also find on the note, according to McDonald: “My life is useless” and “The world is dead”.
The parents were called to a school reunion with a counselor and their son, who altered the illustration by scratching the designs of the gun and the bloody figure, as well as the words, according to McDonald’s.
The parents refused to remove their son from school and he was allowed to return to class.
Later that day, prosecutors said, Crumbley opened fire outside a bathroom, targeting students in the hallway as well as those hiding in classrooms.
CNN’s Andy Rose, Melanie Schuman, Mark Morales, Sonia Moghe, Artemis Moshtaghian, Sahar Akbarzai, Taylor Romine, Kristina Sgueglia and Adrienne Broaddus contributed to this report.