Ethan Crumbley shooting latest – Michigan cops identify person of interest who 'helped' parents James & Jennifer 'hide'

Ethan Crumbley shooting latest – Michigan cops identify person of interest who 'helped' parents James & Jennifer 'hide'

THE Detroit Police Department identified a person of interest who reportedly helped the Crumbley parents hide.

Police identified the unknown individual after they were reportedly captured on surveillance footage “aiding and abetting” Jennifer and James Crumbley, as they hid in an industrial building, where they were later found.

Both parents are charged with involuntary manslaughter, and have pleaded not guilty.

A prosecutor said the couple gave their 15-year-old son access to a gun which led to the fatal shooting that took place in Oxford High School on November 30, 2021.

A fugitive team comprised of The United States Marshals Service and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office began their search as the couple refused to surrender at 2pm on Friday.

The pair withdrew $4,000 from an ATM and turned off their phones after being charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of terrorism, officials revealed.

Read our Ethan Crumbley live blog for the very latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    'CHRISTMAS GIFT' WAS AGAINST MICHIGAN LAW

    James Crumbley reportedly purchased the gun for his 15-year-old son, Ethan, as a Christmas present.

    In Michigan, the law prohibits those under the age of 18 from possessing firearms.

    Children under 18 are allowed to use firearms in limited circumstances, and must do so with direct adult supervision.

  • Jennifer Korn

    ETHAN AND HIS PARENTS ON SUICIDE WATCH

    In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, it was revealed that Jennifer, James, and Ethan Crumbley are all being held in the same prison.

    They are reportedly in isolation and on suicide watch out of an abundance of caution, according to Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County, Michigan.

    They are being checked on "multiple times an hour," said Bouchard, adding that records do not indicate that any of them face any mental health issues.

    Despite being held in the same facility, the three are isolated and have not had contact, according to Bouchard.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    TEARS SHED DURING OXFORD VIGIL

    Tears were shed as each member of the community stood up to speak during the Oxford High School Vigil.

    One man stood in front of the assembly and tearfully said, "this is the beginning where we live by your example of love and sacrifice for each other.

    "It's the beginning of a new rescue mission. Following the brave, life-saving actions of our students, our teachers, our first responders.

    "Make an opening in your life. Invite someone in, tell someone you are not alone.

    "You are not alone."

  • Caitlin Hornik

    VIGIL FOR OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS

    During a Friday night vigil for the Oxford High School shooting victims, someone appeared to pass out, prompting panic.

    “It was somebody that passed out we’re all emotional… we’re all on edge,” a man told the crowd from the stage.

    He added: “There’s no threat, there’s no concern

    “It’s not unusual in a large scale event when people standing still pass out.”

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHO PURCHASED THE WEAPON USED IN THE ATTACK?

    It has been reported that James Crumbley bought the gun for his son, Ethan, on Black Friday as a Christmas present, which goes against Michigan state gun laws.

    Oakland County prosecutor, Karen McDonald told Fox2 News on December 2 that both James and Jennifer Crumbley had been “difficult,” adding Ethan should not have had access to his father’s gun.

    McDonald stated, “We know owning a gun means securing it properly locked up and keeping ammunition separate and not allowing access to other individuals especially minors.”

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE JENNIFER AND JAMES CRUMBLEY'S FIRST COURT APPEARANCE?

    Jennifer Crumbley appeared to break down in tears during the sentencing.

    They both pleaded "not guilty" to the charges, and were each placed under $500,000 bond.

    An Oakland County district judge ruled the couple a "flight risk" during their arraignment hearing.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHAT WILL ETHAN CRUMBLEY BE CHARGED WITH?

    Crumbley, a sophomore at Oxford High School, will be charged with one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting that killed Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Justin Shilling, 17.

    He also faces seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHERE DID ETHAN CRUMBLEY GET THE WEAPON USED IN THE ATTACK?

    Oakland County Lt Tim Willis said in a press conference on Friday that 15-year-old Ethan and his dad James purchased the 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun from a shop four days before the shooting.

    According to prosecutors, the gun was stored in an unlocked safe inside Jennifer and James' bedroom.

    Ethan reportedly got the weapon as an early Christmas present on the day after Thanksgiving.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    EERIE TEXT MESSAGE

    Fifteen minutes before James called 911, Jennifer Crumbley reportedly texted her son, "Ethan, don't do it."

    But the gun rampage had already happened.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHERE WERE THE CRUMBLEY'S FOUND?

    Police located the "fugitives" James and Jennifer Crumbley after their car was reportedly found abandoned in the area of Mount Elliott and Lafayette in Detroit, Michigan.

    Fox2 reported the pair were found in a basement in Detroit after hours of searching.

    Steve Huber, a spokesperson for the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, had told The Daily Beast earlier Friday that the Crumbleys were "considered fugitives."

  • Caitlin Hornik

    CRUMBLEY'S ATTORNEYS ISSUE STATEMENT

    Ahead of the Saturday morning arraignment, Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman said: "We understand that our clients were apprehended last night although we fully intended to turn them in first thing this morning for arraignment, contrary to the misinformation that has been rampant in the media. 

    "Unfortunately, this case presents the most unimaginable tragedy for every single person involved, including every member of the community.

    "While it’s human nature to want to find someone to blame or something to point to or something that gives us answers, the charges in this case are intended to make an example and send a message.

    "The prosecution has very much cherry-picked and slanted specific facts to further their narrative to do that. 

    "We intend to fight this case in the courtroom and not in the court of public opinion. We know that in the end the entire story and truth will prevail."

  • Caitlin Hornik

    PARENTS PLEAD NOT GUILTY

    James and Jennifer Crumbley have both pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

    The parents of accused high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley made their first court appearance in an Oakland County court in Michigan on Saturday morning.

    They are being held on $500,000 bond each, an Oakland County district judge ruled.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHERE WAS JENNIFER AND JAMES CRUMBLEY'S CAR FOUND?

    According to various reports, Michigan authorities located the couple's black 2021 Kia Seltos SUV on Friday night after it was spotted by a citizen in the area of Mount Elliott and Lafayette in Detroit.

    The citizen allegedly called police after recognizing the car and was able to confirm the plate number and description. 

    There has been a heavy police presence in the area throughout the night, and streets have been shut down in all directions, as reported by Fox News reporter Michael Ruiz.

  • Danielle Cinone

    CHILLING NOTES

    Ethan reportedly detailed his alleged desire to “open fire at the Oxford High School in Michigan and his classmates” in a journal.

    During his arraignment on Wednesday, it emerged that the teen’s phone and a journal were seized by law enforcement – and cops allegedly found chilling fantasies described on Ethan’s device and written down.

    Oakland County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Willis said law enforcement searched the Crumbleys’ home and found “two separate videos recovered from Ethan’s cellphone.”

    Speaking to Judge Nancy Carniak during Ethan’s arraignment, Willis said the videos were “made by him the night before the incident, wherein he talked about shooting and killing students the next day at Oxford High School.”

    Authorities also found Ethan’s backpack and found a journal “detailing his desire to shoot up the school, to include murdering students,” Willis said.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ‘GUN IN BACKPACK’

    Shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley likely had a gun in his backpack during his parents’ meeting with school officials just hours before the massacre.

    Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said there was a “very strong possibility” the 15-year-old sophomore had the weapon during Tuesday’s discussion about his alarming behavior.

    Prosector McDonald explained that Oxford High School students were using backpacks rather than lockers due to COVID-19.

    She added: “Unfortunately he was allowed to go back to class.

    “We now know he had a weapon with him at that time, and that is simply tragic.”

    Crumbley’s parents James and Jennifer were charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter on Friday.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ETHAN CRUMBLEY HELD AT JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY

    Ethan Crumbley is currently being held at a juvenile detention facility, where he has been placed on suicide watch – with someone checking on him every 15 minutes. He is set to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon.

    MacDonald called for better gun laws, saying: “If the incident yesterday with four children being murdered and multiple kids being injured is not enough to revisit our gun laws, I don’t know what is.”

    Eight others, including a teacher, were injured in the shooting on Tuesday afternoon at the high school in Oxford, Michigan.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ETHAN'S MOM ONCE DESCRIBED HERSELF AS 'LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN'

    Ethan Crumbley's mom Jennifer once described herself as a "good f**king American" and "law-abiding citizen" in a bizarre letter to former president Donald Trump before her son allegedly shot dead four classmates.

    Jennifer, 43, uploaded the letter to her blog in November 2016, pleading with the former president to "end Common Core" and revealing her son "struggles" at school.

    The letter is signed: from a "hard-working Middle-Class Law Abiding Citizen who is sick of getting f**ked in the a** and would rather be grabbed by the p**sy."

    Her husband James later shared the post to Facebook, writing: "My wife can be spot on. Sometimes."

    In the lengthy letter, Jennifer bemoaned Obamacare's allegedly doubling of her family's insurance premiums, writing that the Crumbleys were "good f**king Americans that cannot get ahead.

    "And what makes me sick, is people that come over here from other countries and get free everything," she added.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ETHAN CRUMBLEY’S PARENTS ATTENDED HIS ARRAIGNMENT

    On Wednesday afternoon, the alleged shooter appeared in court via video for his arraignment.

    Crumbley, who was sporting a white face mask and glasses, was seated with his hands handcuffed in front of him and wearing what appeared to be an anti-suicide vest.

    His parents Jennifer and James also attended the arraignment via video.

    The alleged gunman only spoke when asked by the judge to state his name and whether he understood the charges against him.

    During the court hearing, prosecutors revealed that investigators recovered a video of Crumbley recorded the night before where he discussed killing students.

    Crumbley was denied bail and will remain behind bars, isolated from other adult inmates.

    The 15-year-old faces life in prison if found guilty.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ‘RESPONSIBILITY OF A GUN OWNER’

    Before a Michigan prosecutor filed four counts of involuntary manslaughter charges against each of Ethan Crumbley’s parents on Friday, prosecutor Karen McDonald said:

    “With the right of owning a gun comes responsibility and the responsibility of a gun owner is to secure that weapon and to keep it out of the hands of somebody who could kill people.

    “We can provide all the training and put up metal detectors and try to flag behaviors that are concerning in children.

    “But at the end of the day, if we don’t make gun owners responsible for their possession, which most people who own guns do and are in favor of, we all should be responsible.

    “Because if that had been done here, four children would still be here. A community wouldn’t be terrorized and several other children wouldn’t be injured.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    CRUMBLEY FAMILY CAR

    The Crumbley family owns a 2021 white Kia Seltos with the license plate DQG5203, according to Michigan Secretary of State records.

    “Their attorney had assured us that if a decision was made to charge them, she would produce them for arrest,” Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe.

    The Crumbley’s lawyer told the Daily Beast in a Friday statement: “The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety.

    “They are returning to the area to be arraigned.

    "They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    VIGIL FOR OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS

    During a Friday night vigil for the Oxford High School shooting victims, someone appeared to pass out, prompting panic.

    “It was somebody that passed out we’re all emotional… we’re all on edge,” a man told the crowd from the stage.

    He added: “There’s no threat, there’s no concern

    “It’s not unusual in a large scale event when people standing still pass out.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO IS JAMES CRUMBLEY?

    Ethan Crumbley’s father, James Crumbley, purchased the gun used in the Oxford High School shooting, according to the Oakland County sheriff.

    He bought the 9mm semi-automatic handgun on Black Friday, which his son allegedly used to kill four students and injure five more and a teacher.

    Police confirmed James Crumbley purchased three fifteen-round magazines for the pistol, but two had so far been recovered.

    It isn’t clear where James Crumbley purchased the semi-automatic weapon, but the owner of Action Impact Gun Range, Bill Kucyk, said the gun isn’t manufactured or made widely available anymore.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO IS JENNIFER CRUMBLEY?

    Ethan Crumbley’s mother, Jennifer Crumbley, advocated for gun use prior to the school shooting at Oxford High School.

    In November 2016, Jennifer Crumbley wrote a detailed letter on her blog to Donald Trump where she appeared to praise the former president and his views.

    “As a female and a realtor, thank you for allowing my right to bear arms” she wrote. “Allowing me to be protected if I show a home to someone with bad intentions. Thank you for respecting that Amendment.”

    She went on to air her frustrations with the education system, adding her son might need additional help outside of school.

    “I can’t afford a Tutor, in fact, I sacrifice car insurance to make sure my son gets a good education and hopefully succeeds in life,” she wrote in her letter nearly four years before her son became the alleged shooter at Oxford High School.

  • Danielle Cinone

    TEARS SHED DURING OXFORD VIGIL

    Tears were shed as each member of the community stood up to speak during the Oxford High School Vigil.

    One man stood in front of the assembly and tearfully said, "this is the beginning where we live by your example of love and sacrifice for each other.

    "It's the beginning of a new rescue mission. Following the brave, life-saving actions of our students, our teachers, our first responders.

    "Make an opening in your life. Invite someone in, tell someone you are not alone.

    "You are not alone."

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT HAPPENED AT THE OXFORD VIGIL?

    A Vigil took place in Oxford, Michigan in remembrance of those who died in the Oxford High School shooting.

    During the vigil, a pastor stood up to speak on the resilience the community will have in the face of tragedy.

    "We are always Oxford," he said. "Oxford will not bump back in anger.

    "We will bump back in love, and light, and hope. But be assured … Oxford will bump back and it will be beautiful and healing. Oxford… we are Wildcats."

    Early on in the vigil when medics were called after someone passed out. Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter told those in attendance to "stay calm."

    "Someone pass out. There is no threat. There is no concern," he said.

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