New York Daily News: The man who allegedly piloted a red SUV into the Waukesha, Wisc., Christmas parade Sunday, killing at least five people, had just been released from jail on bond two days earlier.
Darrell Brooks, 39, was taken into custody by police Sunday after the deadly crash, but has not yet been formally charged. Waukesha police have not confirmed the suspect’s identity.
According to online jail records, Brooks was charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm in July 2020 and earlier this month with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless homicide, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery. He was released on a $1,000 bond Friday.
In the most recent criminal charge, a woman told police that Brooks purposefully ran her “over with his vehicle” while she was crossing a gas station parking lot after the two fought, according to the criminal complaint obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office said Monday that the bail set for Brooks for the November charges was “inappropriately low.”
“The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting the bail,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
Investigators are also looking into whether Brooks was fleeing from an earlier crime scene Sunday involving a knife fight.
Brooks may be a local Milwaukee rapper who goes by the name of Mathboi Fly, according to TMZ. A music video he previously filmed includes a red SUV similar to the one driven Sunday.
Five people have been declared dead so far after the driver careened his car into the parade, sending marchers flying.
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies said Monday morning that at least one of their members was killed.
“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness. While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts,” the group of grandmas, ranging from their early 50s to mid-70s, said on Facebook.
“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together.”
A Catholic priest, multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children were among the 40 injured, according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Few other details have been confirmed as investigators from local and federal law enforcement agencies work through the chaotic crime scene.
Police have not yet identified a motive.
The annual Christmas parade, held by the Chamber of Commerce every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, had a theme of “comfort and joy” this year.
With News Wire Services
- Top Feature Photo: Darrell Brooks (AP)