More details have emerged about the driver of the red SUV that sped through a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
As The Blast previously reported, forty people were injured and at least five people were killed in ages ranging from 52 to 81 years old. Many of these were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies dance group, who have asked the public to “please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers.”
Children as young as two years old, who were being pulled along by wagons in the parade, were also injured in the senseless violence. According to officials at the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital, they received eighteen patients ranging in ages from three years old to sixteen. As of Monday, at least six children were still in critical condition.
In a statement on Monday, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson revealed that the driver of the red SUV was Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, who was fleeing from a “domestic disturbance with a report of a knife.”
Although he was not being pursued by police at that time, Brooks still fled from the scene, ramming through parade barricades as he struck performers and dancers on the street. Brooks has been charged with five counts of intentional homicide, although new information shows that this is not his first offense.
Waukesha Parade Suspect Draws Questions And Confusion From Concerned Public
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Waukesha Community affected by last night’s tragedy. pic.twitter.com/Zxk0dlTjYm
— Waukesha County Sheriff (@WaukeshaSheriff) November 22, 2021
According to NBC News, Brooks has a “decades-long criminal record that includes arrests for sexual abuse, drugs, battery, and domestic abuse.” He also has two active cases in Milwaukee.
In July 2020, he was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and possession of a dangerous weapon as a convicted felon. In February 2021, he posted $500 bail and was released.
On November 5, Brooks was involved in another altercation with the alleged mother of his child, who stated that Brooks punched her and hit her with his car in a gas station parking lot. He was charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, bail jumping, recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, and battery. He posted a $1,000 dollar cash bond on November 11 and was released once again.
However, the most concerning piece of news involves a warrant for Brooks’ arrest in Nevada. In 2006, Brooks was convicted of felony statutory sexual seduction when he impregnated a 15-year-old girl. Although he is required to notify authorities any time he moves because he is in the state’s sex offender registry, he failed to do so and did not appear at a court hearing concerning the charge in 2016.
Darrell Brooks Jr. Stopped For A Sandwich After Fatal Parade Hit-And-Run
According to The Sun, a local resident who lived only half a mile from the parade invited Brooks inside just moments after the fatal tragedy took place.
In a video, Brooks can be seen standing on the porch, saying, “I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming. Can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.”
The resident, who was watching football at the time and had no idea of the horror that just unfolded, invited Brooks inside, made him a sandwich, gave him a jacket, and let him use his phone.
The resident said, “All of a sudden, I look outside my street and I see a few cop cars drive by and I’m getting extra nervous.”
Police swarmed the property and Brooks appeared to surrender as he puts his hands in the air; however, it is not immediately clear if the registered sex offender was arrested outside the resident’s home.
The Blast will continue to monitor this story and provide you with more updates as it develops.