A Detroit artist has been identified as the person suspected of helping accused Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley‘s parents hide from cops, according to a report Sunday.
Andrzej Sikora, 65, allegedly allowed James and Jennifer Crumbley to hide out in the basement of an art studio in the Motor City, WJBK-TV said in a report.
“They didn’t break in,” Detroit Police Chief James White said. “Somebody let them in.”
Sikora has not been charged in the case, but authorities believe he gave the Crumbleys sanctuary as cops launched a manhunt for the couple.
The artist’s lawyer, Clarence Dass, told WBK that his client “voluntarily contacted police after the Crumbleys were arrested and charged.
“He maintains his innocence throughout this process and is fully cooperating with law enforcement to assist in their investigation,” Dass said.
Police are still trying to determine Sikora’s relationship with the pair.
The manhunt for the Crumbleys was launched on Friday after Oakland County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant charging them with involuntary manslaughter.
Four students were killed and seven others wounded in Tuesday’s shooting — with authorities saying Ethan Crumbley used a 9 mm handgun his dad bought him.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the 15-year-old’s parents were hauled in the school for a meeting after two “disturbing” incidents involving their son just hours before the shootings — but refused to take him home with them.
About three hours later, he opened fire in the school’s crowded hallway, authorities say.
The accused gunman’s parents were taken into custody by Detroit cops on Saturday and are being held on $500,000 bail each — in the same jail as their son.
Ethan Crumbley is being held without bail on four counts of first-degree murder, terrorism and seven counts of assault with intent to commit murder.