Video captures Waukesha parade suspect's arrest and actions


WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Ring camera home video captured the arrest of the suspect in deaths and injuries at the Waukesha Christmas Parade and his actions before police officers arrived.

Darrell E. Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee is charged with five counts of first degree intentional homicide after allegedly driving his red SUV into parade participants and spectators Sunday. Police officials say Brooks was fleeing a domestic violence incident but was not being pursued by officers.

Authorities originally said five adults had been killed, but announced Tuesday a child also died. They say more than five dozen people were injured.

The video was recorded at the Elizabeth Avenue home of Daniel Rider after the parade chaos, and after the SUV had been abandoned in the driveway of another, downtown Waukesha street.

In the video, Brooks claims to be homeless and in need of a phone to find out when the Uber ride that had been ordered for him was going to arrive.  

Rider allows Brooks use of his phone, allows him to come inside, gives him a sandwich, and eventually has him leave. Rider was watching a NFL football game and was unaware of the nearby parade tragedy.

"Keep in mind, the while time he has my phone, shelter in place and suspect on the loose messages, I wasn't seeing them," Rider says. "I had no idea anything had happened."

A source with knowledge of the situation tells 27 News Brooks smelled of marijuana when he was at the Elizabeth Street location.

Officers originally were responding to the city's Frame Park in connection with the reported, domestic incident involving Brooks but were diverted to the parade emergency.

More at WKOW 27 News


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