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Christmas parade massacre suspect ID'd as felon Darrell Brooks Jr. bailed two days earlier

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/22/2021 Barnini Chakraborty
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The driver of a red SUV that crashed through a Waukesha Christmas parade Saturday night killing five people and injuring 40, has been identified as Darrell Brooks Jr.

The 39-year-old man from Milwaukee, an amateur rapper who had been bailed out of jail less than 48 hours earlier, has a lengthy criminal history, including two open felony cases.

On Nov. 5, he was charged with resisting an officer (misdemeanor), felony bail jumping, second degree recklessly endangering safety (felony) with domestic assessments, disorderly conduct and battery (both misdemeanors, also with domestic abuse assessments.) He posted a $1,000 bond on Nov. 19, 2021.

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In the other case, filed in July 2020, Brooks is charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm.

Brooks raps under the name MathBoi Fly and had a YouTube channel with music rap videos that has since been deleted but saved by Heavy.com.

In a Facebook page belonging to Brooks, he wrote about the 3-week headline-grabbing Kyle Rittenhouse trial which had taken place about an hour away from where he lived. Rittenhouse was found not guilty Friday on five criminal charges after opening fire during a riot in Kenosha, killing two people and injuring a third. His Facebook page was also filled with religious sayings.

On Saturday, Brooks allegedly sped through barricades and into the Waukesha town Christmas parade, killing multiple and hitting more than 40 adults and children. The incident was caught on Waukesha's city's livestream feed as well as on the cellphones of onlookers.

One video shows a woman screaming, "Oh my God!" repeatedly after a group of girls wearing Santa hats who were dancing were struck. Another video shows the red SUV plowing into members of a marching band. Members of the beloved "Dancing Grannies" club were among those killed.

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Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson gave no immediate details about the person taken into custody or any possible motive behind the horrible attack. He added that he didn't know if the driver was hit by officer's bullets but that no bystanders were wounded.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said a Roman Catholic priest, parishioners, and the Waukesha Catholic schoolchildren were among those injured.

Chris Germainm, co-owner of the Aspire Dance Center studio, which had about 70 people in the parade including kids as young as 2 being pulled in a wagon and as old as 18 dancing, told the media he was driving toward the head of their entry when he saw a red SUV that "just blazed right past us."

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Germain said after he saw a police officer run past them in chase, he jumped out of his own car, grabbed the girls who were with him to safety. Then he came back to assess the carnage.

"There were small children laying all over the road," Germain said. "There were police officers and EMTs doing CPR on multiple members of the parade."

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

 

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