Crime

Police will charge person who helped Michigan school shooter’s parents hide

Police want to charge the person who allegedly helped the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley hide from a fugitive recovery team who was searching for them, The Hill reports.

James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested at a Detroit art studio early Saturday morning after a witness who say their car parked nearby notified police.

Now, police someone assisted the couple in their alleged attempt to flee.

“We believe they were assisted in that location to get there, to get in,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said, adding that prosecutors could charge the individual aiding and abetting or obstruction of justice.

The couple stopped communicating with their lawyer on Friday. According to their lawyer, they planned to turn themselves in all along.

“When we have serious charges like felonies, you can turn yourself in … but we’re going to go look for you immediately,” Bouchard said. “To us that’s irrelevant, we’re looking for them. If they show up, fine. But we’re not going to sit on the front desk and tap our fingers until they come in.”

According to Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald, the couple withdrew $4,000 before they fled.

The couple’s son is accused in the shootings deaths of four students at Oxford High School and the wounding of seven others. The 9mm Sig Saeur handgun used in the shooting was allegedly bought by the couple as a Christmas gift to their son.

The couple is accused of ignoring warning signs that their son intended to carry out harm. One of those warning signs was a drawing by Ethan that depicted people being shot with a handgun.

They’ve pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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