DARRELL Brooks, the man identified by police as the person behind the wheel when an SUV plowed through a parade in Wisconsin, is a convicted sex offender with a "sick" past, according to his ex-girlfriend whom he tried to run over earlier this month.
Brooks, 39, the only person of interest in the case after police shot at a car that rammed through marchers in the Waukesha parade attack, has an open arrest warrant dating from 2016 in Nevada for failing to obey sexual offender laws.
According to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Brooks was convicted in 2006 for having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl, whom he then fathered a child with.
He was sentenced to probation but was then arrested for failing to obey sex offender laws in 2016, jumped bail and has had an open arrest warrant out for him ever since.
The sheriff's office has an active warrant for his arrest and believed he was in Wisconsin, but did not have confirmation.
Waukesha Chief Daniel Thompson spoke during a press conference Monday that Brooks was involved “in a domestic disturbance" mere minutes before the tragic event.
“No evidence this is a terrorist incident,” Thompson said. “We are confident he acted alone.”
A former girlfriend warns that Brooks has a dark past in light of policing naming him as their sole person of interest in the parade attack that left at least five dead and injured dozens more.
Brooks has a heavy criminal history in Wisconsin that spans over 20 years, with public records showing this Friday, he recently posted a cash bond in connection to domestic violence charges against his former girlfriend.
The charges include resisting or obstructing an officer, bail jumping, recklessly endangering safety with domestic-abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with a domestic-abuse assessment, and battery.
On Monday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney said Brooks should not receive an "inappropriately low" bail of $1,000 given his previous charges, with the most recent case dating from a November 2 incident of domestic violence as well.
In that case, a woman whom Brooks had a child with told police he intentionally ran her over in his car after a fight, with Brooks pleading not guilty to those charges.
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The criminal complaint, obtained by The Daily Beast, details that “an officer observed tire tracks on [the woman’s] left pants leg" in addition to blood on her face, which forced them to bring her to the hospital.
The woman, who dated Brooks as teens and wanted to remain anonymous due to safety concerns, said she was shocked Brooks would be connected to the parade tragedy.
“I was devastated, it makes me sick to my stomach,” she told The Daily Beast. “Those poor people, my heart hurts especially for those babies.”
“All I can tell you is that he is obviously sick, and what he’s done is irredeemable,” she said.
Another criminal complaint that was filed in July 2020 shows Brooks is facing felony charges such as recklessly endangering safety and possession of a firearm.
Brooks is set to be charged with five counts of intentional homicide in connection to the Sunday parade tragedy.
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