Authorities in Wisconsin have identified the driver of a red SUV who they say “intentionally drove his maroon SUV through barricades into a crowd of people celebrating the Waukesha Christmas parade.”
Darrell Brooks jr. is expected to receive five counts of first-degree intentional homicide in addition to other charges against the 39-year-old longtime felon to the district attorney’s office in connection with the Waukesha Christmas Massacre.
A horror that left at least five people dead and 48 injured – including 18 children rushed to Children’s Wisconsin hospital in Milwaukee.
According to a spokesperson for Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, Brooks has multiple pending cases in Milwaukee County, including a 2020 case involving two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district attorney’s office said that bail was originally set at $10,000 and later reduced to $7,500.
Due to a court scheduling conflict that would have deprived Brooks of his right to a speedy trial, his bail was again reduced, this time to just $500, which he posted on February 21st, 2021.
In early November of 2021, Milwaukee authorities charged Brooks with another reckless endangering, felony bail jumping, battery, obstructing an officer, and disorderly conduct.
What is painting out to be a history of assault with a vehicle. Brooks allegedly ran a woman over with what may have been the same SUV that wreaked havoc on the Christmas parade. He was released on a $1,000 cash bail on November 11th.
In a recent case, a woman told police that Brooks charged into her hotel room, shouted profanity at her, and took her cellphone before driving away. He allegedly circled back later, found her walking to a nearby gas station, and punched her after refusing to get into his car. When she started to walk away, he allegedly ran her over with his vehicle.
After the event on November 2nd, police arrested Brooks at his home after he had ran into the house in an attempt to evade arrest after authorities showed up to his property.
According to another criminal complaint, on July 24th, 2020, Brooks allegedly shot at his nephew following a fight between the two a day prior. Brooks also has a 2002 drug felony charge.
He has a long rap sheet and many pending cases. Brook’s most recent court appearance came in early November. It is criminal of the justice system to allow this career criminal to be let out of jail on such minimal bail.
The City of Waukesha identified the victims as:
- Virginia Sorenson, 79-year-old female
- LeAnna Owen, 71-year-old female
- Tamara Durand, 52-year-old female
- Jane Kulich, 52-year-old female
- Wilhelm Hospel, 81 year old male
Sadly, some individuals decided to compare this to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial with the social media manager for the DuPage Democrats in Illinois, Mary Lemanski, tweeted calling what happened “Karma.”
Earlier this morning, DuPage Democrats came out and said they do not support hate in any form, referring to Lemanskk’s tweets.
Lemanski later resigned as the Social Media Manager.
Lemanski deleted all of her prior tweets.
An attorney for Brooks did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Local authorities set up a temporary memorial for the victims at Veterans Park just west of the scene.