The suspect, who is accused of having plowed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, had been released on bail a few days before the deadly attack for allegedly driving over a former partner in a vehicle.
39-year-old Darrell Edward Brooks was arrested Sunday night shortly after a red Ford Escape SUV crashed into a parade in the city of Wisconsin, killing five and injuring 48 people, including 18 children ages 3 to 16.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said Mr Brooks would be charged with five counts of premeditated first-degree murder and further charges are likely.
Mr. Thompson said police were called to a domestic riot involving Mr. Brooks, just before the tragedy occurred, but he had left the scene in his SUV before they arrived.
He drove toward the parade route before smashing through a police barricade and colliding with high-speed marchers on Waukesha’s Main St at 6 p.m. 16.39 local time.
According to searches in the criminal records, Mr. Brooks was a long-term criminal whose crime dates back to 1999. His convictions include possession of drugs and firearms, strangulation, violence and resistance to arrest.
On November 2, Mr. Brooks was arrested for domestic violence after he allegedly tried to hit the mother of his child.
He was charged with recklessly endangering security, felony criminal mischief, battery, obstruction of an officer and disorderly conduct.
Brooks issued the $ 1,000 bond and was released on November 11th.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm issued a statement Monday morning saying the bail recommendation was “inappropriately low” in light of his criminal record and the active charges against him.
He said the bail recommendations “were inconsistent” with his office’s approach to defendant’s allegations of violent crime and that he would conduct an internal review of the decision.
Brooks also faced active charges of ruthlessly threatening the security and possession of a firearm as a criminal in July 2020.
In that case, bail was initially set at $ 10,000 before being reduced to $ 7,500. Brooks remained in custody until February 9, 2021, when he was released on $ 500 bail after the trial was delayed.
Brooks received his first criminal conviction in 1999 for aggravated assault, was sentenced to two prison terms and spent years on probation and under court supervision.
He is also listed as a Level 2 sex offender on Nevada’s sex offender registry for a 1996 conviction for statutory sexual seduction.
Brooks was an amateur rapper who released several videos for YouTube under the artist name MathBoi Fly.
In a song called Half a Tick, which was removed by YouTube, Mr Brooks’ SUV appears on the screen behind him.
He has also criticized former Donald Trump and Barack Obama in a separate song.
In the page deleted social media accounts, Mr Brooks described himself as an “underground hip-hop artist”.
Brooks had written on social media about the lawsuit against Kyle Rittenhouse, which ended in Kenosha on Friday about 50 miles south of Waukesha.
But police have ruled out any connection to the Rittenhouse trial, saying it was not a terrorist incident.
Police were seen outside Brooks’ home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sunday night, where his damaged SUV was parked in a driveway.
Five people between the ages of 52 and 79 – including three members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies – died and 48 were injured after Mr. Brooks drove through police barricades and into the Christmas parade.
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