WAUKESHA, Wis., (CBS) – Darrell Brooks, 39, was charged with five murders after allegedly being able to pass through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing at least five and wounding dozens more on Sunday.
He is expected to go to court on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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Brooks, who has a long history of crime, was arrested near the scene when Waukeshan police opened fire to try to stop the vehicle, authorities said. Brooks was officially charged with five intentional murders, the legal equivalent of a first-degree murder in Wisconsin, and is serving a life sentence.
In the moments before the incident, police received an alert about the unrest at home that was possibly involved in Brooks. Police Chief Dan Thompson said police did not even have time to respond to the call and investigate the matter before Brooks was allegedly driven to the parade route. According to him, this was not an act of terrorism.
At least five people were killed and 40 injured when a red Ford Escape drove onto a parade route and drove over several marchers, including members of a high school marching band.
Online lawsuits showed Brooks has two pending criminal cases in Milwaukee County. And at least six other convictions for violent behavior. One of the pending cases concerns Brooks’ alleged drive over a woman in an SUV.
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CBS 2 learned that Brooks was accused on November 5 of resisting or obstructing police, bailing out bail, negligently endangering safety, disruptive behavior and robbery. According to the crime report, Brooks hit a woman who was the mother of her child. his fist and then drove over the woman in a maroon Ford Escape, similar to the vehicle used in Sunday’s riot. He denied his guilt in paragraphs 1, 4 and 5. This appears to be a case of domestic violence, as one of the court records says that two women applied for a restraining order, which was enforced by the court. On Friday. he paid $ 1,000 in cash guarantees.
The Milwaukee County Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into such low guarantees “in light of the nature of recent charges and pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” according to a memo obtained by CBS 58 journalist Kristen Barbares.
CBS 2 found records of another pending case from July 2020. According to that criminal report, Brooks was in a physical fight with a relative from his cell phone and fired a gun at the vehicle to leave a relative and friend. He was charged with two serious offenses to safety with a dangerous weapon and possession / conviction for a firearm offense. He denied guilt in this case.
- In 2011, Brooks was found guilty of opposing / preventing officer prosecution.
- In 2010, he was found guilty of a throttling and suffocation offense in Wood County.
- In 1999, he was found guilty of serious battery injury, which is a crime.
- Brooks was also convicted of a sex offender due to an incident in Nevada about 15 years ago. She got pregnant with a 15-year-old girl in Sparks, Nevada, when she was 24, authorities said. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to parole. He was arrested on June 23, 2016 in the same city because he had not registered as a sex offender. He saved the charge and never went to court. He has had an active credential from Nevada ever since. The Police Department in Sparks, NV told CBS 2 that the arrest warrant was specific to Nevada and not to other states. However, it is unclear whether the Nevada and Wisconsin authorities had previously notified the permit and whether the Wisconsin authorities were aware of it. CBS 2 has contacted the Milwaukee County Distract Attorney’s Office and the Milwaukee Police Department for questions.
- In 2003, he pleaded guilty to opposing the arrest.
- In 2005, he was sentenced to a short prison sentence for blocking police, including an offense.
Thompson did not immediately talk about possible motives.
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Photos sent by CBS 58 show a red Ford Escape parked in the 300-block driveway of Maple Avenue.
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