The suspect in the deadly Christmas parade attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin is a convicted sex offender who became the father of a child with a 15-year-old girl, records show.
Darrell Brooks, 39, was convicted in 2006 of having sex with a teenage girl in Nevada who later gave birth to her child, according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.
The suspect was then attacked in 2016 for not registering as a sex offender. He was released on bail but did not appear in court, which led to an arrest warrant being issued.
Brooks is listed as incompatible due to lack of registration or updating of his personal information, such as address and employer, according to records from the Nevada Sex Offender Registry.
He was arrested in 2016 but escaped bail and has had an arrest warrant out of his arrest since. Law enforcement believed he was in Wisconsin but could not confirm.
Brooks was arrested and charged with five counts of premeditated murder in Sunday’s deadly attack that killed 5 people and injured at least 48 more. He allegedly drove his car into a Christmas parade in the city while fleeing another crime.
He had been released earlier this month after providing a $ 1,000 bail for a November 2 domestic violence charge. Brooks allegedly beat the mother of her child and “drove over her” with her car in a parking lot fight.
The Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office admitted Monday that bail was “inappropriately low” given his criminal history.
Brooks has another pending case in Milwaukee from July last year in which he is accused of ruthless danger and illegal possession of a firearm, according to court documents. He had allegedly fired a gun during an altercation with his nephew.
His bail was reduced from $ 10,000 to $ 7,500, but he remained in custody with his trial scheduled to begin in February. When his demand for a speedy trial could not be met, the case was adjourned and his bail reduced to $ 500, which he issued on February 21st.