Police plan to interview Andrzej Sikora today. The Detroit artist may have helped Ethan Crumbley’s parents hide in his Detroit studio around the time they missed their Friday arraignment. But Sikora’s lawyer claims that the artist had no idea that the couple was there after they were charged.
Attorney Clarence Dass said, “There was a lot of confusion and the Crumbleys went to him for safety. He didn’t know about the charges. They were there in the daytime. He left in the early evening. He didn’t even know they were still there.”
Dass went on to say that his client reached out to Oakland County police Saturday morning after learning about the arrest of James and Jennifer Crumbley and has been very open with police investigators. Andrzej Sikora has not been charged.
Oakland County Police Sheriff Michael Bouchard confirmed that Andrzej Sikora had contacted police. The police department has not confirmed if Sikora is the third person that they are looking for. Officers believe that a third person helped the Crumbleys hide from law enforcement. They have previously said that that person could face charges.
“Mr. Sikora has not been charged with any crime. Nevertheless, upon learning of the Crumbleys’ arrest on December 4, 2021, he voluntarily contacted the Detroit Police Department and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to provide information. He maintains his innocence throughout this process and is fully cooperating with law enforcement to assist in their investigation,” said Dass.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested by Oakland police and the U.S. Marshalls Service around 10 p.m. Friday evening. They were found sheltered in a building on the 1100 block of Bellevue near E. Lafayette in Detroit, Mich.
Officers were able to find them after a witness noticed their car in the Michigan neighborhood. Security footage later showed James Crumbley entering the building. The couple’s lawyers, Mariell Lehman and Shannon Smith, said that the Crumbleys were planning on turning themselves in before they were arrested by the police.
“We understand that our clients were apprehended last night, although we fully intended to turn them in first thing this morning for arraignment, contrary to the misinformation that has been rampant in the media,” said a statement by Jennifer Crumbley’s lawyers.
They continued and added that “While it’s human nature to want to find someone to blame or something to point to or something that gives us answers, the charges in this case are intended to make an example and send a message. The prosecution has very much cherry-picked and slanted specific facts to further their narrative to do that. We intend to fight this case in the courtroom and not in the court of public opinion. We know that in the end the entire story and truth will prevail.”
A possible connection between Ethan Crumbley’s parents and Andrzej Sikora was first reported by The Daily Beast. They discovered that a picture of the artist and a mural he recently painted at the Red Knapps American Grill was photographed by “Jehn Crumbley.”
According to sources, “Jehn Crumbley” is a pseudonym used by Jennifer Crumbley in her professional and personal life. The caption on the original article was removed, but it can still be seen on an archived copy of The Oxford Leader.
Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after their 15-year-old son, Ethan Crumbley, was identified as the Oxford High School shooter. James Crumbley, who bought the gun used in the Oxford shooting, kept it an unsecured area.
It was recently revealed that the young shooter had a disciplinary meeting with his parents and the school during the morning of the Oxford High School shooting. Ethan Crumbley had looked up ammunition on his phone during class. Disturbing drawings were found on his desk. According to text messages between Ethan and Jennifer Crumbley, his mother had allegedly texted the boy, “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”
Ethan Crumbley’s parents said they did not want to take their son home after the disciplinary meeting. The school then allowed the student to return to his classroom.
The Oxford High school shooting took the lives of four students, and injured seven other people, including a teacher.