Authorities say a black Kia Seltos car linked to James and Jennifer Crumble was found late Friday in Detroit, about 40 miles from Oxford. View
Detroit police spokeswoman Rudy Harper told CNN that a police cordon had been set up but that law enforcement had not yet located Crumbles, who is considered a fugitive.
Parents withdrew $ 4,000 from an ATM in Rochester Hills, Michigan, on Friday, a law enforcement official told CNN. Rochester Hills is 10 to 15 miles from Oxford.
The official said law enforcement agencies had been able to trace the couple’s whereabouts through cell phone pings but could not do so now as the couple’s cell phones were switched off.
Sources did not say when the phones were switched off.
Sources added that prosecutors were concerned about the couple’s avoidance of law enforcement because they had no connection to their community, and authorities had difficulty locating the Kramble couple when their son Was arrested.
The parents’ arrest was scheduled for late Friday afternoon. But as of Friday evening, the parents were still missing, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan.
Under Sheriff Michael McCabe told CNN that a sergeant on the county’s Fugitive Task Force spoke to a lawyer who said he had not spoken to the parents.
The under-sheriff said he was confident the couple would be found, and that it was a matter of “when.”
Initially, two lawyers who claim to represent the couple issued a statement stating that Crumbles had left town for safety and was returning to be arrested.
Attorneys Shannon Smith and Meryl Lehmann said in a statement that “Thursday night we contacted the Oakland County Prosecutor to discuss the matter and advised him that James and Jennifer Crumble will present themselves.” . ” “Instead of talking to us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce the charges.”
The statement added: “Despite recent comments in media reports, they are not running away from law enforcement.”
Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN that law enforcement agencies have not spoken to Crumbles, but his lawyer has told authorities he will arrange for his arrest if there are any charges.
He said the attorney tried to reach the parents by phone and text but was unsuccessful.
When asked by CNN if the parents were missing, Bouchard said, “That’s right.”
“If they think they’re going to run away, they’re not,” he said.
Bouchard said the couple was not monitored until the charges were pending and detectives began monitoring them. Earlier, no preliminary monitoring was carried out on them as no charges were pending.
The sheriff said every available resource is dedicated to locating them, people should not approach the couple. According to Bouchard, American marshals and the FBI are involved in the search for Crumble.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Crumbles was operating a black 2021 Kia Seltos with Michigan license plate number DQG 5203.
Page Pete, a Georgia criminal defense lawyer, warned that parents may not be able to escape.
“I’ve been in this position before, representing someone who has just been charged with a crime,” Pete told CNN. “They tend to panic, and when they panic, they do stupid things.”
“Parents are probably looking for another lawyer, someone who can give them the answers they want to hear,” Pat said.
“You’re like, ‘I don’t want to be accused. I don’t want to go to jail,’ and you try to find someone else,” he said.
In this rare case of blaming parents, prosecutors will try to prove that the parents of the suspected shooter Ethan Crumble were criminally negligent and took part in the dangerous situation that led to the arrest of four teenagers on Tuesday. Death occurred.
“It’s been a devastating week for us,” Auckland County District Attorney Karen MacDonald told a news conference. “There are other people who have cooperated … and I intend to hold them accountable.”
Prosecutor says mother calls pistol ‘new Christmas gift’ on social media
McDonald’s said James Crumble bought the gun four days before it was used in the shooting. Her son Ethan was with her and later posted on social media about the gun, calling her “my new beauty.”
McDonald’s said Jennifer Crumble posted on social media about the gun, calling it “her new Christmas present.”
A law enforcement source told CNN on Friday that the mother took Ethan to the shooting range a week after the shooting.
As of Friday evening, CNN had not been able to contact the shooting range staff that the source thought the pair had visited, or the registered business owner.
The sheriff said the boy could not legally own a gun or carry it to most places – with rare exceptions, such as the shooting range.
Officers are planning to arrest the parents, said Lt. Tim Wallace, head of the special investigation unit at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Speaking to reporters, McDonald said she was charging the parents for making a point about the responsibility for gun ownership, but the facts of the case were serious.
“I’m angry as a mother. I’m angry as a prosecutor. I’m angry as a person living in this county,” she said. “There were a lot of things that could have been so easy to stop and yes, that was the right answer, and it was caught right away, and we have law enforcement and good training.
“But as I said before, four children were killed, and then seven were injured, so, yes, I think we should all be very angry.”
Prosecutors outlined the cold seal of events.
McDonald’s said a teacher saw Ethan Crumble searching for ammunition on his cell phone during class the day before the shooting and reported it to school officials. The school contacted Jennifer Crumble via voicemail. McDonald’s said authorities also sent an e-mail but received no response from either parent.
Jennifer Crumble exchanged text messages with her son that day about the incident, saying, “LOL, I’m not crazy about you. You have to learn not to get caught.” Concluding remarks, “said McDonald.
McDonald said that on the day of the shooting, a teacher found a note on Ethan Crumble’s desk, which shocked him so much that he took a picture of her on his phone. The note included a drawing of a semi-automatic handgun pointing to the words, “Thoughts will not stop. Help me,” he said.
Another part was a drawing of a bullet with “blood everywhere” written on it. McDonald said there was a man between the gun and the bullet who appeared to have been shot twice and was bleeding.
“Below this figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji,” said McDonald.
According to McDonald’s, the notes also contain: “My life is useless” and “The world is dead.”
McDonald’s said James and Jennifer Crumble were “immediately called to school.” According to McDonald’s, a counselor met with the parents and the boy, who changed the drawing by drawing a drawing of a gun and a bloody figure with words.
McDonald’s said parents were asked to take their son to counseling within 48 hours. According to McDonald’s, the parents did not ask their son to look at the gun, nor did they “inspect his bag for the presence of the gun.”
The parents dropped out of school and the boy was sent back to class.
According to McDonald’s, when word of the shooting spread, Jennifer Crombley sent a text message to her son: “Ethan, don’t do that.” James Crumble called 911 to report a missing gun and his son could be a shooter.
McDonald’s said investigators found the gun used in the shooting was left open in a drawer in the couple’s bedroom.
School officials: No disciplinary action was required.
The school’s district superintendent said Thursday that no disciplinary action was required when the meeting took place before the shooting.
“No discipline is guaranteed. There is no record of discipline in high school,” Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne said in a video statement Thursday. “Yes, this student had contact with our front office. And yes, her parents were on campus on November 30.”
McDonald’s told CNN on Thursday night that there was a “strong possibility” that Crumble had the gun he allegedly used in his bag to shoot during the meeting.
Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard told CNN Friday morning that the school’s video surveillance cameras would allow investigators to “really map out and literally see what the offender did” by shooting him from the meeting and detaining him. Was taken
He said the shooter had a gun “on his person or in his bag or that it was somehow hidden away from the school.”
Bouchard said another warning sign appeared Monday – the day before the shooting – when a different teacher in the classroom “saw and heard something about Kramble’s behavior that he found disturbing.” Bouchard added that school officials held a consultation session with Crumble about the behavior under discussion, and his parents were notified by phone.
Kramble’s defense attorney asked the court Wednesday to file a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf. CNN is seeking a new lawyer for Ethan Crumble.
The superintendent says the school is like a ‘war zone’.
Two days after the deadly attack, Oxford High School is “like a war zone,” Thorne told his community from the school in a 13-minute video posted on YouTube.
“This high school is just a wreck,” he said, adding that repairs could take weeks.
Thorne praised students and staff for how they dealt with an active shooter threat, during which some organizers demonstrated CPR and students used desks and chairs to barricade themselves inside classrooms for safety. used.
Bouchard said more than 100 calls were made to 911 to report the shooting when police arrived at the school at 12:52 p.m., local time. Within “two to three minutes” of the officers’ arrival, the shooter surrendered.
The sheriff said, “I believe they literally saved lives, and brought the suspect down with the firearms in the building.”
CNN’s Melania Shaman, Caroline Singh, Mark Morales, Sonia Moge, Caroline Singh, Artemis Mushtaghian, Sehar Akbarzai, Taylor Roman, Shimon Prokpez, Christina Segiglia and Adrian Broads contributed to this report.