Suspect in Wisconsin Christmas parade attack identified as Darrell Brooks Jr

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The suspect, who was allegedly involved in a Christmas parade in Waukesha, was released on bail two days before the deadly attack.

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Darrell Edward Brooks Jr., 39, was taken into custody Sunday night after a red Ford Escape SUV rammed into a parade in downtown Wisconsin, killing five people and injuring more than 40, the Associated Press reported. Had gone.

Police have yet to release the suspect’s name and have only said they have a “person of interest” in custody.


sources told NBC News The driver may have been on the run from a knife fight in a nearby park just before the car collided at the parade on Waukesha’s Main St. at 4:39 p.m. local time.

According to Milwaukee County court records, Brooks has a long criminal record and was just released from prison on Friday.

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Records show that Brooks was arrested on November 5 on charges of domestic abuse, resisting an officer, and second-degree negligent security, disorderly conduct, and felony charges.

He pleaded not guilty on all counts and was released two days before the deadly Christmas parade attack after posting a $1,000 bond.

Brooks has another open felony count since July 2020 as a convicted felon for second-degree negligent security and possession of a firearm.

According to Wisconsin court records, he is serving a 1999 sentence.

Brooks is also a hip-hop musician, performing under the name Mathboi Fly.

On a later deleted social media profile, Brooks described himself as an “underground hip-hop/rap/drill recording artist/producer/writer/actor”.

Brooks was posting on social media about Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, which concluded Friday in Kenosha, about 50 miles south of Waukesha.

Sources told NBC News that preliminary investigations indicated the attack was not linked to terrorism or Friday’s ruling in the Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha.

Police squads were seen outside Brooks’ home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday night and his name was reportedly heard on a police scanner.


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