The parents of the teenager accused in this week’s deadly Michigan high school shooting pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges on Saturday morning. James and Jennifer Crumbley were found hours after a search ended in a Detroit warehouse. The attorney for the Crumbleys said on Friday that the couple would be returning to the area to be arraigned on the charges; however, it appears that they were on the run. Just in time for Christmas, the parents landed in the same jail that’s holding their son, Ethan. The gun used in the massacre was purchased by his father just four days before the attack. Ethan Crumbley faces 24 different counts as an adult.
A Be On the Look (BOLO) alert was issued, and the feds sent out fugitive teams to the area after a tipster saw the couple’s black Kia Seltos parked outside an industrial building. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said that the unnamed tipster observed a woman near the car who ran off when 911 was called, according to The Daily Beast.
“They appeared to be hiding in the building,” Detroit Police Chief James White said, adding that the parents seemed “very distressed” to be found. White said that the couple did not break in and were helped by an unnamed accomplice who gave them entry into the building, and that individual might be in a little bit of trouble.
“Their connection to the building is unclear; other charges connected to aiding the Crumbleys are likely,” White said.
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CNN reports that Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that the individual who officials believe assisted the Crumbleys to hide from authorities in the industrial building in Detroit would face “potential charges for either aiding and abetting or obstruction of justice,” as determined by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald.
“We believe they were assisted in that location to get there, to get in. And we’re gathering that information and we’re going to have the totality of that done fairly soon,” Bouchard said about the couple. “Given that they were hiding in a warehouse in Detroit, it certainly raises my eyebrows,” he added.
The 9mm Sig Sauer used in the shooting spree was kept in an unsecured drawer in Ethan’s parents’ bedroom. In an open letter to Trump in 2016, Jennifer Crumbley thanked then-president-elect “for “my right to bear arms even though the former reality show star had nothing to do with ratifying the Second Amendment in 1791.
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