James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of teen suspect in Michigan School shooting, arrested in Detroit

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office


In the early hours of Saturday, James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested at a building in Detroit, Michigan. They were expected to report at a court for their arraignment on Friday afternoon in Rochester Hills. They had been charged with involuntary manslaughter after their son reportedly shot four children and injured seven people at a deadly shooting at Oxford High School.

According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the parents missed the court deadline and were declared to be fugitives. The U.S. Marshals Service offered a reward to any one who could provide information that would help arrest them.

Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe told the Free Press that the owner of the building arrived and saw an unknown car in the back parking lot of his building. He knew that the vehicle didn’t belong there and went to investigate. He recognized the car as the one that was sought by law enforcement and called 911.

On Saturday, at about 3 a.m, Detroit Police Chief James White told reporters that it was believed that someone had let in the Crumbleys into a commercial building. The police arrived in and around 1100 block of Bellevue near E. Lafayette about 10 p.m. or 10.30 p.m. The Crumbleys were found hiding inside an industrial building. He said that they were “distressed” and unarmed.

He also said that that security video showed that one of the Crumbley’s had entered the building and this helped the police to find them. They searched through the Bellevue building which houses several businesses. By about 1.45 a.m. they arrested James and Jennifer Crumbley.

The Crumbleys were handed over to the U.S. Marshals and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. They will be arraigned, later Saturday.

James Crumbley had bought the 9mm Sig Sauer that was used by Ethan in the shooting at Oxford High School on Black Friday at a local gun shop. Jennifer Crumbley had mentioned that the firearm was a “new Christmas present” for her son. They had left the gun unlocked and it was used by their son in the mass shooting at a Michigan school.

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