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A Wisconsin resident who unwittingly let the Christmas Parade killer into his home minutes after the massacre has revealed how the 'nervous' stranger sat on the sofa, called his mom and 'lied about everything.'
Darrell Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide but more charges are expected to follow after an eight-year-old boy was named as his sixth victim Tuesday night.
Brooks was offered $5 million bail earlier on Tuesday when he appeared in court wearing a green-padded suicide prevention gown, sobbing as an attorney put her arm around his shoulders to comfort him.
That decision has sparked fury because Brooks - who has a lengthy rap sheet - was on $1,000 bail when he plowed into the Christmas Parade in Waukesha.
Now local resident Daniel Rider, 24, has told how he was sitting in his living room watching the NFL game between the Cowboys and the Chiefs when Brooks started banging on his door on Sunday night.
Doorbell footage showed a frantic Brooks at the door pleading for help, claiming he was waiting for an Uber - just 20 minutes after he smashed his SUV into crowds downtown.
Rider had no idea of the carnage that had just unfolded and decided he should let the shivering man into his home, remembering a recent sermon his mother had told him about helping the homeless.
'So I was like, 'Oh! This was my chance to help somebody. I'm going to warm him up and give him some food,'' Rider told CBS.
'I gave him a jacket, made him a sandwich and just watched over to make sure everything was okay,' he told CNN. He also gave the stranger his phone so he could call his mom.
Rider said Brooks brazenly asked him if he knew what was going on downtown - but he had no idea because he had been watching the football game, and Brooks was holding his phone which was by this stage receiving 'shelter in place' alerts.
'He is he is telling me that, 'Oh, is there something going on downtown?' I was like, 'There's a parade today.' And he was like, 'Oh, that's probably the parade.' So he was just completely putting on a face and lying about everything,' Rider said.
Around five minutes later, Rider said he was starting to get nervous about the flustered man in his living room.
Ten minutes later, Brooks started 'getting real nervous' himself because a police car was driving up and down the street. Rider then asked him to leave.
Brooks was arrested shortly after with dramatic footage from Rider's doorbell camera showing the suspect raising his hands on the porch as patrol cars surround the property.
'The Uber his mom had called... showed up maybe a minute after he was in cuffs. I just think about sometimes if he had gotten in that car what could have happened,' Rider said.
Rider said: 'He was so polite. He was nice to me. He listened to everything I told him to do. Now, knowing what he just did moments before that, it's hard to even wrap your head around.'
Brooks has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted.
Additional charges relating to the sixth death which emerged last night and the more than 60 people injured will be coming later this week or next, said Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper.
The sixth victim eight-year-old Jackson Sparks was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was injured in the crash and is due to be discharged from hospital, according to his GoFundMe page.
'This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away,' the page's organizer, Alyssa Albro, wrote.
'Tucker, by the grace of God is miraculously recovering from his injuries and will be being discharged home.'
The other five victims have been identified as Dancing Grannies Virginia Sorenson, 79, Leanna Owens, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52, Citizen Bank employee Jane Kulich, 52, and 82-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the husband of one of the grannies.
Police said Brooks was leaving a domestic dispute in his SUV when he plowed into the festive crowds.
And one neighbor claims his ex-girlfriend was seen 'running away with no shoes and a black eye', moments before the carnage.
The Waukesha resident, named only as Ebony, lives across the street from Brooks and told The Sun the suspect had regular fights with his partner which she tried to break up and threatened to call the cops.
Brooks' mom broke her silence last night to say that she could not understand what her son had done and that she was praying for each of his victims.
'She talked to him before he went to Waukesha and doesn't know why he did this and doesn't condone his actions,' family spokesperson Frank Nitty told The Sun.
'I spoke to her for hours. She's traumatized and hurt and wants each victim of [her son's alleged] actions to know that her thoughts and prayers are with them.'
Fury was mounting last night as a judge set bail for Brooks at $5 million - despite him having already been free on bail from a previous crime at the time of Sunday's carnage.
Under Wisconsin law, Brooks must pay 100 percent - the full $5 million - of his bail in order to be freed, rather than a percentage as applicable in some states.
While a bail bondsman could provide the fee, the person requesting the bond would typically have to put a portion of the bail, as well.
Judge Kevin Costello said the sum was 'extraordinarily high' for the 'indigent' Brooks, but critics pointed out that there was nothing to prevent someone from volunteering to pay the $5 million fee or crowdsource the cash.
It was unclear why the judge did not simply deny Brooks bail, given the suspect's 22-year criminal history, multiple failures to previously show up in court, and multiple instances of social media activity with violent themes.
A now-deleted Facebook account belonging to Brooks showed the alleged killer had encouraged knocking 'white ppl [the f**k] out' and also appeared to support the controversial Black Hebrew Israelites.
Brooks was being held in custody on Tuesday night and will be held until his next court appearance in January 2022, unless he makes bail.
'I think Darrell Brooks will post bail,' tweeted one critic. 'It's $5 million. There are those in our country who probably think he did a great service to mankind, and can pay to get him out. They'll do it.'
Another added: 'I do agree with you and it makes me furious. $5M toooo [sic] low. Should be NO BAIL AT ALL. Court will be adding a 6th charge in a day or two. Jackson Sparks, an 8-year-old boy who was marching in the Waukesha Christmas Parade with his baseball team, has died from his injuries.'
Milwaukee's District Attorney faces furious questions about why Brooks was out on the streets at the time of the attack after it emerged he's been bailed twice this year despite a lengthy criminal history stretching back to 1999.
John Chisholm released a statement Monday admitting Brooks, 39, should not have been released on a $1,000 bond earlier this month following an alleged hit-and-run incident involving his girlfriend.
On Sunday, Brooks was fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he crashed into the crowds after smashing through safety barriers and breezing past cops.
Just 20 minutes later, Brooks is captured by the doorbell camera, shivering and standing on the porch before Rider opens his front door to him.
'I called an Uber and I'm supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don't know when it's coming,' Brooks can be heard telling Rider. 'Can you call it for me please? I'm homeless.'
Rider later told NBC News he did not know that the Christmas parade attack had happened at the time as he was in the middle of watching football after coming back from a hunting trip.
Rider said he had invited Brooks into his home and given him a jacket, made him a sandwich and let him use his phone.
'All of a sudden, I look outside my street and I see a few cop cars drive by and I'm getting extra nervous,' he said, before asking Brooks to leave - which he did.
Rider said his neighbor then called the police, and shortly afterwards Brooks began 'pounding' on Rider's front door for a second time, claiming he had left his ID inside.
'Then the next thing you know, you see the cops with lights on him saying, 'Hands in the air, hands in the air.'
The video footage shows Brooks pacing around on Rider's front porch before police officers can be seen arriving at the house with bright flash lights and ordering Brooks to put his hands in the air.
'Whoa, whoa, whoa,' Brooks says as he put his hands in the air.
A police officer later knocked on Rider's door and asked, 'Do you know this guy?' to which Rider responded: 'Absolutely not.'
Brooks was taken into custody in Waukesha on Sunday night after police found his red Ford SUV parked neatly in a driveway five blocks from where he drove through crowds of kids and elderly dancing groups.
He had been fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he crashed into the crowds after smashing through safety barriers and breezing past cops.
One officer tried to stop him by shooting at his car but he stopped because there were too many people around for him to safely fire his weapon.
Police had just arrived at the home that Brooks had fled when he plowed into the parade crowds.
The amateur rapper has a long criminal history dating back to 1999 with more than 15 arrests in the state of Wisconsin alone for charges including possession of drugs, strangulation and suffocation, battery, illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon and resisting arrest.
On November 2, he was arrested on domestic violence charges after trying to 'run over' his ex, the mother of his child, at a gas station. His bond was set at $1,000 and he posted it on November 11th.
Earlier on Monday, the shamefaced Milwaukee District Attorney's Office admitted it was 'inappropriate' for Brooks to be allowed out of jail on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago after trying to run over his ex-girlfriend, as he was charged with five counts of murder for the lives he took at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night.
The Milwaukee County DA's Office released a statement admitting the $1,000 bail was 'inappropriately low' given his criminal history. They said they'd launched an internal review as to why he was able to get out on bond to commit more crimes.
It has also emerged that Brooks, an amateur rapper who is also known by his stage name MathBoi Fly, is a convicted sex offender.
In 2006, he was convicted in a Nevada court for statutory rape after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. Brooks was 24 years old at the time of his conviction.
The girl ended up pregnant and gave birth to Brooks' child. The legal age of consent in Nevada is 16.
The amateur rapper's lyrics also include 'f*** the pigs' and 'f*** Donald Trump.'
Another song, posted on SoundCloud, has the lyrics: 'They gonna need a cleaner for the s*** we did, all my killers Gacey where them bodies hid.'
The lyrics of another song read: Sliding through the city with no safety on.'
His rap songs also make mention of AK-47 assault rifles and killing people.
Milwaukee County Attorney John T Chisholm previously spoke of trying to reduce his county's prison population. He even let a progressive criminal justice nonprofit called Vera perform an 'audit' on his office.
Vera, which is based in New York, opposes cash bail, with the implementation of that measure partially-blamed for a crime spike in NYC.
Milwaukee saw murders spike by 95 per cent between 2019 and 2020, with 2021 currently recording as many homicides as there were by the same stage of 2020.
At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said: 'This is not a terrorist event.' Fire Chief Steve Howard said the scene was 'like a warzone'.
'It was just, for lack of a better word, carnage. There were adults, children injured.
'Some of our first responders were there with their families and they left their families to help treat people. People with military backgrounds likened it to a war zone.'
Between July 2020 and February 2021, Brooks was in custody awaiting a trial date on a $7,500 bond for shooting at his nephew after a fight over his old cell phone.
The bond was dropped to $500 in February because the courts couldn't give him a trial quickly enough.
He was arrested again on November 2 in Milwaukee for hunting down the mother of one of his children at a hotel, then following her in the street with his SUV and running her over in the parking lot of a gas station after she refused to get in his car.
DailyMail.com obtained copies of his arrest warrant for that incident on Monday which reveal he followed her to a gas station, punched her 'with a closed fist' and then 'ran her over.'
He was arrested and charged with five counts including bail jumping, for having failed to meet the terms of one of his many other sets of bail or probation requirements.
But on November 11, he posted a $1,000 cash bond. By November 19, he was on the streets again and by November 21, behind the wheel of his Ford again.
After Sunday night's massacre, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office issued a statement conceding the bail that was set was 'inappropriately low.'
'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,' the statement said.
Brooks is also listed as a sex offender in Nevada, where he was charged with having sex with a minor.
A social media video of him taken before Sunday's incident shows him trying to explain that the victim was the mother of his oldest daughter who he 'didn't know was 16' when they had sex.
Police sources told The Washington Post that Brooks he was fleeing the scene of a knife attack on Sunday when he smashed into the crowds at 4.39pm at the Waukesha parade.
One witness, a father whose daughter was in a dance troupe that was struck, said he made eye contact with him and that he was 'calm and composed.'
Brooks lives some 20 miles away in Milwaukee in a suburban home where he films rap videos in the street. On Monday, a man who answered the door refused to comment on the mounting deaths from Sunday's incident.
'If you're trying to get some information I can't talk to you. I know what this is related to but we're not going to talk to you,' he told DailyMail.com.
'Most people on this street have lived here 40 or 50 years. But we're dying off now,' one neighbor told DailyMail.com
'Young punks are moving in here, anyone with a bit of money. But they don't want to know us and we don't want to know them. I've had no dealings with them at all, but I have seen that red SUV parked outside,' he added.
His motive for Sunday's attack remains unclear; police will not confirm whether it was a deliberate act of terror or if Brooks accidentally ran into the crowds after losing control of his car while fleeing a knife crime.
Social media profiles reveal Brooks was an amateur rapper who went by the name MathBoi Fly, and claimed to have 'turned to the streets at a very young age' while growing up in a 'dangerous West Side neighborhood of Washington Park'.
He described himself as 'the best underground artist in his city'. Those social media profiles have now been taken down.
On Saturday, he posted that he was 'not surprised' by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict but authorities have not yet indicated whether the teen's acquittal has anything to do with the incident on Sunday.
Brooks has a lengthy criminal history stretching back to the 1990s when he was convicted of battery. At the time of the car rampage, he had two open felony cases against him - one from July 2020 and another from November this year.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said no motive has yet been established, but officers are not discounting terrorism.
Officers are also looking into the possibility that he was fleeing a domestic incident involving a knife when he reached the parade, NBC said.
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