Fugitive parents of Michigan school shooting suspect arrested in Detroit basement – National – .

Fugitive parents of Michigan school shooting suspect arrested in Detroit basement – National – .

The parents of the teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school were arrested in a Detroit basement early Saturday morning after spending hours evading police, according to multiple reports.

James and Jennifer Crumbley were found after a search that began around noon Friday, when they were charged with four counts of manslaughter in connection with the shooting deaths at Oxford High School.

Their son Ethan Crumbley, 15, faces multiple charges, including four counts of murder and terrorism in connection with Tuesday’s shooting.

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The Detroit Free Press and the Washington Post, among other media, reported that the older Crumbleys were found in the basement of a building on the east side of town early in the morning, after the building owner identified the couple’s vehicle outside.

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“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,” Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Mike McCabe told Free Press.

McCabe said the couple were to be transported to Oakland County Jail where they would be brought to justice.

On Friday evening, the US Marshals Service announced a reward of up to $ 10,000 each for information leading to the Crumbleys’ arrest.

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The Marshals had joined in the search for the couple with the FBI and Michigan State Police. Details of the Crumbleys’ vehicle have been made public, which matches the description of the vehicle found by the owner of the Detroit building.

Detroit Police and Michigan State Police quickly descended on the area along with SWAT teams and several other units, media reported.

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Earlier on Friday, the couple’s lawyer Shannon Smith insisted her clients were not on the run and had left town earlier in the week “for their own safety”.

“They are going back to the area to be brought to justice,” Smith told The Associated Press.

However, Smith had told police she was unable to contact the parents.

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When the charges were announced on Friday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said James and Jennifer Crumbley had committed “rude” acts, ranging from buying a gun on Black Friday to putting it down. at Ethan Crumbley’s disposal or resistance to his removal from school when summoned hours before. shooting.

Under Michigan law, the manslaughter charge against parents can be prosecuted if authorities believe someone contributed to a situation where there was a high risk of harm or death.

School officials became concerned about young Crumbley on Monday, a day before the shooting, when a teacher saw him looking for ammunition on his phone, McDonald said.

Jennifer Crumbley was contacted and subsequently told her son in a text message, “Lol. I am not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught, ”according to the prosecutor.

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On Tuesday, a teacher found a note on Ethan’s desk and took a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointed at the words, “Thoughts will not stop.” Help me, ”McDonald said.

There was also a drawing of a bullet, she said, with words above: “Blood everywhere. “

Between the gun and the bullet was a person who appeared to have received two bullets and was bleeding. He also wrote: “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” according to the prosecutor.

The school quickly had a meeting with Ethan and his parents, who were asked to put him in for consultation within 48 hours, McDonald said.

The Crumbleys did not question their son about the gun or check his backpack and “resisted the idea of ​​their son leaving school at this point,” McDonald said.

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Instead, the teenager returned to class and the shooting ensued.

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“The idea that a parent could read these words and also know that their son had access to a lethal weapon that they gave him is unacceptable – it is criminal,” said the prosecutor.

Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.

James Crumbley called 911 to say that a gun was missing from their home and Ethan could be the shooter. The gun had been kept in an unlocked drawer in the parents’ bedroom, McDonald said.

Ethan accompanied his father to purchase the gun on November 26 and posted pictures of the gun on social media, saying, “I just got my new beauty today,” he said. McDonald said.

Over the Thanksgiving long weekend, Jennifer Crumbley wrote on social media that it was a “mom and son day to test out her new Christmas present,” the prosecutor said.

When asked at a press conference if the father could be accused of purchasing the gun for his son, McDonald said it would be the decision of federal authorities.

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–With files from The Associated Press

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