Police Search Home of Artist Who Helped Crumbleys Hide in Detroit

December 06, 2021, 6:35 PM by  Allan Lengel

Andrzej Sikora (Photo: Grosse Pointe Dermatology and Cosmetic Center)

Authorities on Monday night were executing a search warrant at the home of a man accused of helping Ethan Crumbley's parents hide in a Detroit building before their arrest Saturday morning.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard tells CNN that police are searching the home of Andrzej Sikora, 65, an artist with a studio in a commercial building in the 1100 block of Bellevue Street near East Lafayette Boulevard. They were looking for electronic devices, including phones, computers and tablets that may relate to communications with Jennifer and James Crumbley, he said.

The sheriff didn't disclose the search warrant location. Records show Sikora owns property in Troy. 

Clarence Dass, Sikora's attorney, issued a statement Monday night:

Mr. Sikora, with his attorney, met with officials today at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to assist in their investigation of the tragedy at Oxford High School. Mr. Sikora fully cooperated and answered all of law enforcement’s questions. Mr. Sikora did not assist the Crumbleys in evading law enforcement, did not know there was a warrant for their arrest, and did not know they were at his art studio at the time of their arrest. He has not been charged with any crime, and will continue to assist members law enforcement in their pursuit of justice.

PBS reports:

The couple went to artist Andrzej Sikora’s studio inside the downtown building Friday morning, but the artist was unaware of the charges against the couple or that they stayed after he left for the day, according to attorney Clarence Dass. He said Sikora had a “friendly relationship”‘ with the Crumbleys, but declined to give details, citing an active investigation.

Bouchard tells CNN that the artist and his attorney have cooperated. "They offered to come in. They have talked to our detectives at length. We'll just have to see what information the investigation, search warrant and discussions bear."

It didn't appear the couple intended to surrender when they were found Saturday morning in the artist's space, the suburban sheriff said. "You don't surrender by being in a warehouse in Detroit," he said. 

Another car owned by the parents owned was at a hotel. "There were a lot of things in motion here," Bouchard added.

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