A suspect has been identified and is in custody for the ‘mass casualty incident’ in Waukesha, Wisconsin when a red Ford Escape plowed into a holiday parade. So far, five have been confirmed dead, more than 40 injured.
We have confirmed that two Milwaukee police squads were outside the home listed to Brooks on N. 19th St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Heavy also obtained audio from the scanner indicating Waukesha police obtained an ID in the name Darrell Brooks Jr. inside the red Ford Escape they recovered in connection with the Waukesha parade investigation. He also goes by the name Darrell E. Brooks Jr., and Darrell Edward Brooks, Jr. He is 39-years-old.
He has a long rap sheet and a number of pending cases. Brooks’ most recent court appearance came on Nov. 5 for charges including reckless endangerment, battery, domestic abuse, resisting arrest and bail jumping. He was out on $1,000 bail for those charges at the time of the attack.
The Waukesha Christmas parade person of interest has been identified as Darrell E. Brooks Jr., a Milwaukee man with a criminal history dating back to 1999 – with numerous violent felonies, court records show.
The Waukesha Christmas parade person of interest has been identified as Darrell E. Brooks Jr., a Milwaukee man with a criminal history dating back to 1999 – with numerous violent felonies, court records show. (Wisconsin DOJ)
In July 2020, police charged him with three other felonies – including reckless endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He’s also listed as a Tier 2 registered sex offender in Nevada.
A background check from Wisconsin’s Department of Justice came back with over 50 pages of charges against Brooks stretching back decades. In 1999 he received his first felony conviction for taking part in an aggravated battery – for which he received three years of probation, records show.
He was convicted of obstructing an officer in 2005 and 2003. In 2002 he had another felony marijuana charge.
In 2010 he pleaded no contest to felony strangulation charges after allegedly attacking a woman during an argument about phone calls.
In 2012 he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor bail jumping and marijuana charges. A year earlier he pleaded guilty to felony marijuana charges and resisting arrest.
One of Brooks’ videos, which has been removed from YouTube, showed a red Ford SUV that resembles the one seen plowing into a crowd at the parade Sunday night on Main Street in Waukesha. Witnesses described the chaos of blood and bodies thrown into the air and strewn about the street before bystanders rushed to try and help victims as paramedics raced to the scene.
An attorney for Brooks did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
According to court documents, 39-year-old Darrell Edward Brooks Jr. has been arrested as a suspect in the incident.
Brooks is a career criminal with multiple priors and was released from jail two days prior to the incident after posting a $1,000 bail for three misdemeanors and two felonies. He has a history of resisting arrest, obstruction, battery, statutory sexual seduction, strangulation and suffocation, property destruction, illegal firearm possession, bail jumping, domestic violence, drug related charges and is a registered sex offender.
Brooks may have been fleeing a different crime and ended up on parade route trying to escape. This rumor is out there but nothing is confirmed. This shouldn’t come as a shocker considering his criminal background.
The driver of the red SUV plowed through a police line at high speed and into a parade of Christmas marchers on Sunday, impacting more than 20 adults and children in a graphic scene captured on the city’s livestream and cellphones of bystanders.
In a rap video on his Youtube page, Brooks is seen dancing in front of a red Ford Escape, the same type of vehicle used in Sunday’s fatal incident.
On another MathBoi Fly Facebook page belonging to Darrell Brooks, in the name Jay Brooks, he wrote about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict; that trial occurred about an hour away from Milwaukee and Waukesha. To be clear, Waukesha police have not given an official motive for the Waukesha parade tragedy.
Waukesha, Wisconsin Police Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed in a press conference following the tragedy that an officer who has been on the force for over six years opened fire on the vehicle and that a person of interest was in custody. Thompson emphasized that the investigation is “very active.”
Waukesha Fire Chief Steven Howard said 11 adults and 12 children were transported to six area hospitals.
A livestream video from the city of Waukesha showed the red SUV speed past those marching in the parade, with a cop running on foot shortly after.
The Waukesha Police Department stated on Facebook that a family reunification location has been set up at the Waukesha Command Post located on Barstow between Corrina and Bank St.
According to Sam Kraemer of Fox 6, one man told him that “…most of his family are in the hospital.” He and his wife were able to walk away. Kraemer wrote on Twitter that “…a woman who lives on Main Street says she saw the SUV barrel through a dance team of girls between 9 and 15 years old. She says the immediate reaction was silence, followed by screaming, running, checking on those injured.”
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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