Detroit artist suspected of helping Ethan Crumbley’s parents hide from cops
A Detroit artist was identified as the person suspected of helping the parents of accused Michigan high school gunman Ethan Crumbley hide from police, according to a report on Sunday.
Andrzej Sikora, 65, allegedly allowed James and Jennifer Crumbley to hide in the basement of an art studio in Motor City, WJBK-TV said in a report.
“They didn’t break in,” said Detroit Police Chief James White. “Somebody let her in.”
Sikora was not charged in the case, but authorities believe he gave Crumbley’s sanctuary when police started a manhunt for the couple.
The artist’s attorney, Clarence Dass, told WBK that his client “voluntarily contacted the police after the Crumbleys were arrested and charged.
“He protests his innocence throughout the process and fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies to support their investigations,” said Dass.
The police are still trying to sort out Sikora’s relationship with the couple.
The manhunt for the Crumbleys began Friday after the Oakland County Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for them for negligent homicide.
Police are still trying to sort out Andrzej Sikora’s relationship with Jennifer and James Crumbley.Oakland County Sheriff’s Office / Handout via REUTERS
Four students were killed and seven others injured in Tuesday’s shooting – with authorities said Ethan Crumbley used a 9mm pistol his father bought him.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the 15-year-old’s parents were dragged to a school meeting hours before the shooting after two “disturbing” incidents with their son – but refused to take him home to take.
About three hours later, he opened fire in the school’s crowded hallway, authorities said.
The manhunt for James and Jennifer Crumbley began after the Oakland County Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for negligent homicide.Matthew Hatcher / Getty ImagesPolice officers inspect James and Jennifer Crumbley’s vehicle.Matthew Hatcher / Getty Images
The defendant’s parents were taken into custody by Detroit police on Saturday and are being held on bail of $ 500,000 each in the same prison as their son.
Ethan Crumbley is being held without bail on four counts of first degree murder, terrorism and seven cases of assault with murder.