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James and Jennifer Crumbley caught, arrested after vehicle is found in Detroit – Detroit Free Press

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James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the teen charged in the Oxford High School shooting, were located and arrested early Saturday in Detroit, a little more than two hours after a citizen saw their vehicle and called police.

“Yes, they are both in custody and will be on the way to the Oakland County Jail soon,” said Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. “Kudos to Detroit PD and all the other agencies that assisted.”

Authorities had been searching for the Crumbleys most of the day Friday after they were charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths at the high school in northern suburban Detroit. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, is charged with being the gunman in the shootings.

Police search an area near Bellevue and Lafayette streets in Detroit on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

The Crumbley parents did not show for their arraignment Friday afternoon in Rochester Hills. The U.S. Marshals Service offered a reward for information leading to their arrests. 

Officers searched through a building in the 1100 block of Bellevue near E. Lafayette. Police in SWAT gear could be seen outside the building about 12:45 a.m. as other officers checked the area, combing nearby properties with flashlights.

The area on Detroit’s near east side is peppered with light industrial buildings and is located a few blocks north of the Detroit River, westof Belle Isle. 

The investigation of the shootings and the search for the Crumbleys was led by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. McCabe said the vehicle was found around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

“The owner of the building arrived and saw the car in the back parking lot, knew it didn’t belong there, went to investigate,” McCabe told the Free Press.

Detroit Police clear the scene after apprehending Jennifer and James Crumbley in Detroit on Saturday Dec. 4, 2021.

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The building’s owner immediately recognized the car from information put out by law enforcement, checked the license plate, which matched, and called 911.

“There was a woman nearby sitting near the car smoking a cigarette,” McCabe said, adding that she walked away.

As of 1:10 a.m., police were stopping passers-by, shining lights and requesting information about whether people had seen anything

By about 1:45 a.m., the Crumbleys were under arrest.

This story is developing.

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