LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A person taken into custody after an SUV plowed into a holiday parade in Wisconsin, killing at least five people, has been identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, Jr. a registered sex offender in Nevada.
Brooks was convicted in 2006 on a charge of statutory sexual seduction for having sex with a 15-year-old who became pregnant, online records and police said. Police described the encounter as “consensual,” though Nevada’s age of consent is 16.
Online, Brooks identifies himself as rapper MathBoi Fly.
Court records in Nevada show Brooks’ probation was revoked in his sexual seduction case in 2007. According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Brooks was born in Michigan and began his 12-36 month sentence in July 2007. He was released in September 2008.
The case is his only felony conviction in Nevada, officials said.
Brooks was then arrested in 2016 for failure to obey the state’s sex offender laws, but skipped his court appearance, a spokesman for Sparks police said. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.
According to the Nevada Sex Offender Registry, Brooks has a primary address listed in Reno. He is a non-compliant Tier 2 sex offender.
Waukesha’s police chief said there was no evidence the crash on Sunday was a terrorist attack or that Brooks knew anyone in the parade.
Brooks has two open criminal cases in Milwaukee County. In one case, filed Nov. 5, he is charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless endangering, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery. Records show $1,000 cash bond was posted on Friday.
In the other case, filed in July 2020, Brooks is charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm.
In the more recent one, a woman 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.
Five people were killed in Sunday’s incident. At least nine patients — most of them children — were listed in critical condition Monday at two hospitals, and seven others were reported in serious condition.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.