THE suspect in the Waukesha Christmas parade rampage is facing five charges of intentional homicide after a car drove into the festive crowd on Sunday.

Darrell Brooks, 39, was said to have been fleeing domestic dispute in the moments before police say he plowed into revelers.

More than 40 people were injured, including 12 kids, during the rampage which happened just days after Brooks was granted bail on an unrelated matter.

Since news of the horror broke it has further emerged that the alleged killer has a lengthy rap sheet and was even listed as a sex offender in Nevada.

Here The Sun looks at some of the chilling details that have been reported in the wake of the deadly attack.


Brooks was seen "talking to himself", according to neighbors, who think he "snapped" before the SUV rampage.

He was "always a little off," one neighbor, who didn't want to be identified told The Sun.

"He must've snapped," another neighbor Ebony said. "The whole thing is messed up but it doesn't surprise me."


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Brooks' ex-girlfriend was seen “running away with no shoes and a black eye”, a neighbor told The Sun.

A neighbor, named only as Ebony, told The Sun the convicted sex offender had regular fights with his partner.

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Ebony said when the clashes took place outside her home, across the street from Brooks' house, she intervened to separate them and threatened to call the police.

Three days before Brooks was arrested and charged he was accused of trying to run over his ex-girlfriend.

He was let out on $1,000 bail on November 19, three days before the parade bloodbath.


Brooks was released on $1,000 bail three days before he allegedly plowed through the parade barrier and left behind a trail of carnage.

That came after he was was charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless homicide, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery.

He was ordered to not have any contact with a female victim and records show $1,000 bond was posted on Friday.

Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office admitted in a statement on Sunday: "The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail. 

"This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps."


Brooks wrote an anti-Donald Trump rap and declared "f*** the pigs", according to songs posted online.

Aspiring rapper Brooks, who performs under the name MathBoi Fly, also shared songs about killing on his YouTube channel and SoundCloud pages.

One of his songs includes the lyrics: "They gonna need a cleaner for the s*** we did, all my killers Gacey where them bodies hid."

Another song from his SoundCloud page says: "Sliding through the city with no safety on."

Other lyrics include "f*** Donald Trump" and "f*** the pigs."

He also posted a video on one of his Twitter accounts ranting about a speech made by then-President Barack Obama, which he called "a crock of b******."

And he raps about AK-47s, lyrics show, with a playlist on his now removed YouTube channel including the song Gon Kill U.


Brooks was facing a number of criminal charges in the run up the rampage, court records show.

In one case, filed November 5, he was charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless homicide, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery.

He was ordered to not have any contact with a female victim and records show $1,000 bond was posted on Friday.

In another case, filed in July 2020, Brooks is charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm.

That came after a fight with his nephew in which his relative said Brooks “walked into the front yard with a gun and fired one shot at them,” The Daily Beast reports.

In the more recent one, a woman -believed to be the mother of one of his children – told police that Brooks deliberately ran her over with his vehicle in a gas station parking lot after a fight. She was hospitalized for her injuries.

An arrest warrant for the November 2 incident obtained by The Sun says he punched the mother of one of his children "with a closed fist".

The woman was left bloodied with tire marks on her clothing and a swollen lip, according to reports.

Court documents show officers "observed her to have swelling to her lip and dry blood on her face."

"Officers observed tire tracks on her left pants leg," the report adds.

Brooks is said to have a long criminal history, with 15 arrests since 1999 in Wisconsin alone.

Charges include possession of drugs, strangulation and suffocation and battery.

In Nevada records show he is listed as a sex offender after he was charged with having sex with a minor.


A witness to to the deadly chaos alleged that the driver of the speeding SUV "intentionally" targeted attendees by "swerving from left to right."

One witness told the New York Times that they believed the driver of the SUV was intentionally trying to hit parade participants, claiming that the driver was steering towards people.

“He was going from side to side, targeting people,” 28-year-old Tyle Kotlark said. "The car bombed through. He was flying through there going intentionally from left to right.”

Kotlarek had been watching the parade with his family when they heard what at first sounded like cheering before they realized it was actually others screaming.

“It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life," he said.

Brooks was detained on Sunday night after cops swooped on a property where a red Ford Escape with a severely dented front bumper was seen sitting in the driveway.


"He must've snapped," another neighbor Ebony told The Sun. "The whole thing is messed up but it doesn't surprise me."

Virginia Sorenson, 79 Leanna Owens, 71 Tamara Durand, 52 James Coolidge, 52 Wilhelm Hospel, 82, were among those killed in the carnage.

More than 40 were injured the attack, including at least 18 children who are being treated at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, officials said.

One of the child victims was Jessalyn Torres, 11, who was taking part in the parade with Waukesha Xtreme Dance group.

She was with her mom Amber Kohnke and her two-year-old sister, Averie when she was struck by the SUV.

Jessalyn remains in hospital fighting for her life with a broken pelvis and lost kidney, she also has lacerations on her lungs and remaining kidney and suffered from internal bleeding.

As of Monday night, a family friend told The Sun she was sedated but stable.

Ryan Kohnke, Jessalyn's uncle, said: "Her mom and dad are with her now at the hospital, they will not be leaving her side.

"The rest of us are going to make sure the other kids are taken care of throughout this. "

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