James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the teenager indicted in the Oxford high school shooting, were located and arrested early Saturday in Detroit after a citizen saw their vehicle and called police.
“Yes, they’re both in custody and will be on their way to Oakland County Jail soon,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike McCabe said. “.
Police arrived at the scene, in the 1100 block area of Bellevue near E. Lafayette, around 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m., Detroit Police Chief James White told reporters at around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. .
The Crumbleys – accused of manslaughter in connection with the mass shooting at Oxford High School in which their son is accused – are believed to have been brought into a commercial building by someone, White said.
Police know who this person is and those who assisted the couple could face criminal charges, White said.
The Crumbleys were found hiding inside and were “in distress,” White said. They weren’t armed.
He said the security video helped officers by revealing one of the Crumbleys entering the building.
Authorities had searched for the Crumbleys for most of Friday after they were charged with four counts of manslaughter in the shooting deaths at the high school in the northern suburbs of Detroit. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, is charged with terrorism and first degree murder in this case.
The Crumbley parents did not show up for arraignment on Friday afternoon in Rochester Hills and the US Marshals Service offered a reward for the information leading to their arrest.
The denunciation led the officers to search the Bellevue building, which houses several businesses. Police could be seen outside the building and in SWAT gear outside a nearby house around 12:45 am as other officers checked the area, scanning nearby properties with flashlights.
The area on the east side of Detroit is dotted with light industrial buildings and is located a few blocks north of the Detroit River, just west of Belle Isle.
White praised his officers and said Detroit would use whatever manpower it needed to help the victims of the Oxford Township High School shooting, which is about a 45-minute drive from where the Crumbleys were. were discovered. Tuesday’s tragedy affected the whole country, he said.
“We have a number of casualties at Oxford, it requires as much manpower as it takes. … We have had enough of this,” he said. “I mean, it’s awful.”
The investigation into the shooting and the search for the Crumbleys were conducted by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. McCabe previously said the vehicle was found around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
“The owner of the building came in and saw the car in the back parking lot, knew it didn’t belong there, went to investigate,” McCabe told The Free Press.
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The building owner immediately recognized the car from information released by law enforcement, checked the license plate, which matched, and called 911.
“There was a woman nearby sitting by the car smoking a cigarette,” McCabe said, adding that she had walked away.
Sean O’Neill, 40, of Detroit, watched with his wife, Jocelyn, as police worked around 12:30 a.m. . It could have been the cops working, he noted.
The couple had arrived around midnight to see the massive response from the police.
“They searched with the dogs over there and you see the flashlights in the woods,” he said, waiting for a chance to turn off the alarm.
At 1:10 a.m., police stopped passers-by, turned on lights and asked for information to see if people had seen anything.
At around 1:45 a.m., the Crumbleys were under arrest.
The couple were turned over to the US Marshals and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, White said. They are expected to be brought to justice later on Saturday.