Waukesha Christmas Parade suspect held on $5M cash bail

Police said Darrell Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — A man accused of intentionally driving his SUV through a crowd of people at the Waukesha Christmas Parade appeared in court for the first time Tuesday since his arrest Sunday.

Darrell Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee, is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Investigators said he intentionally drove his Ford Escape down East Main Street Sunday evening.

Five victims were known before Tuesday’s hearing.

Prosecutors said in court a sixth victim died from his injuries.

WISN 12 learned he was an 8-year-old boy.

An additional count of first-degree intentional homicide was expected to be filed.

The collision with the crowd left another 62 injured, some critically.

Other charges for those victims were also expected to be filed.

A Waukesha County Court Commissioner ordered Brooks held on $5 million cash bail.

In Wisconsin, the full bail amount must be paid for an inmate to be released.

“The nature of this offense is shocking,” the court commissioner said. “I’ve not seen anything like this in my very long career.”

Brooks did not speak in court.

He sobbed and hung his head as the prosecutor said the child had died from his injuries.

On his way out of court, Brooks made eye contact with a victim’s relative. That relative was seen flipping Brooks off.

Brooks was allegedly fleeing the scene of a fight near White Rock School.

He broke through a police barricade and drove onto the parade route, investigators said.

One officer fired three shots at Brooks’ SUV in an attempt to get him to stop.

“As I continued to watch the SUV, it continued to drive in a zig zag motion. It was like the SUV was trying to avoid vehicles, not people. There was no attempt made by the vehicle to stop, much less slow down,” one witness told police, according to a criminal complaint.

Police caught up with him less than a mile from the scene after he allegedly ditched his battered SUV.

He was arrested without incident.

Investigators said they did not believe the incident was related to terrorism or extremism.

It’s not yet known why Brooks didn’t stop on the parade route.

He was released from jail on $1,000 cash bail less than a week before the Waukesha parade.

His most recent pending case was filed on Nov. 5.

Brooks was arrested and charged with felony bail jumping, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and battery.

Police said he ran the mother of his child over with his vehicle on Nov. 2.

Brooks also has another open case from July 2020 in which he was charged with two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon and possession of a gun by a felon.

His criminal history includes felony convictions for possession of THC, strangulation and suffocation, substantial battery and other misdemeanors.

Prosecutors took time to read that history at his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon.

ABC News has learned Brooks is a registered sex offender in Nevada.

He was convicted in 2006 of impregnating a 15-year-old girl.

As a result of that conviction, Brooks was arrested a decade later when he failed to obey sex offender laws.

He bailed out on that charge but never returned to court, according to police in Sparks, Nevada.

There has been a warrant out for his arrest in Nevada since Aug. 15, 2016, for that failure to appear.

In some cases an outstanding warrant would prevent a defendant from being allowed to post bail in another jurisdiction, as Brooks did more than once in Wisconsin.

However the 2016 warrant has a “Nevada Only” extradition limitation set by the district attorney’s office in Washoe County, Nevada.

That means if police in other states have contact with Brooks, Nevada officials would not extradite and local officials could not act on the warrant.

If convicted in this case, he faces up to life in prison.

He was scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 14, 2022.

Source: https://www.wisn.com/article/waukesha-christmas-parade-suspect-darrell-brooks-appears-in-court/38336301#

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