Owner of an art studio where the suspect in the Oxford High School shooting was located Ethan CrumbleyAccording to his attorney, his parents went into hiding without knowing that the couple had stayed overnight on the premises.
Andrzej Sikora, Detroit— the artist on the premises, said he was unaware of the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley or that the two stayed behind after he left his studio for the day, his attorney, Clarence Dass said on Sunday.
Mr Dass said the Crumbleys went to his client’s studio on Friday morning when he was unaware of the allegations against them. The lawyer said the 65-year-old artist shared a “friendly relationship” with the couple, but did not share more details because the matter was under investigation.
The Crumbleys have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after their 15-year-old son Ethan was taken into custody for a fatal shooting at his high school last Tuesday that left four students in custody. killed and more than half a dozen injured.
The couple has been found inside the commercial building there is a studio on Saturday after police opened a search for them a day earlier.
Ethan has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, assault with intent to kill and gun offense, and faces life in prison for each of the counts of terrorism and murder.
When Mr Sikora woke up on Saturday to news of the arrest of the boy’s parents by police officials, he informed the authorities.
His lawyer Mr Dass said the couple went to him for safety.
“There was a lot of confusion and the Crumbleys looked to him for safety. He was unaware of the allegations,” Mr. Dass said. “They were there during the day. He left in the early evening. He didn’t even know they were still there,” he added.
While the artist has not been charged with any crime, Detroit police officials said the Crumbleys “were assisted to enter the building.” Police pointed out that the person who assisted them could also face charges, adding that they did not have any additional information.
Sikora is cooperating with the investigation and authorities, police officials said.
Attorneys representing the couple have denied allegations that the Crumbleys intended to flee to avoid arrest after authorities announced they would be charged for their alleged role in the school shooting. Oxford.
Authorities are now investigating the extent to which James and Jennifer Crumbley were aware of what the school described as their son’s “troublesome” behavior prior to the shooting. Ethan allegedly used a gun purchased by his father on Black Friday to carry out the attack.
When I heard about There is a shooting going on in the schoolMs. Crumbley sent a text saying “Ethan, don’t do that” to her son, officials said.
Both now face 15 years in prison if convicted.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/michigan-school-shooter-parents-detroit-artist-b1970356.html Michigan school shooting: Detroit artist Andrzej Sikora is interviewed by police for harboring Crumbleys