A Good Samaritan made Darrell Brooks Jr a sandwich and gave him a coat just moments after he is accused of killing five people by driving through a Wisconsin Christmas parade, according to NBC News.
Daniel Rider says that Brooks Jr showed up at his front door claiming he was homeless and waiting for an Uber, just 20 minutes after the alleged rampage in Waukesha. Mr Rider, watching football on TV and unaware of what had just happened, chose to lend a helping hand.
He told NBC he invited Brooks Jr in, made him a sandwich and let him use his phone. Doorbell camera footage, also obtained by NBC News, captured the moment a shivering Brooks Jr knocked on the front door.
“I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming,” he can be heard saying. “Can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.”
Prosecutors have charged Darrell Brooks Jr over the deaths of five people who were run down by an SUV at a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday.
Prosecutors said a sixth victim, a child, has died and more charges are pending.
Mr Brooks faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted for the five counts of first-degree intentional homicide over the incident, which left 62 more injured, including many children.
He rocked back and forth in his seat and cried throughout his court hearing on Tuesday, his attorney’s arm on his back, as the charges against him were detailed. His bail was set at $5 million, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14.
Mr Rider, who lives about half a mile away from the parade route, told NBC that he had no idea what had happened, as he had just returned from a hunting trip and was watching sport on television.
After inviting the 39 year-old in, Mr Rider began to suspect something when police started circling the property.
“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 told NBC. He then says he asked Brooks Jr to leave.
Brooks Jr left, but as police began to arrive, he began “pounding” on the front door, saying he had forgotten his ID.
“Then the next thing you know, you see the cops with lights on him saying, ‘hands in the air, hands in the air.'”
Doorbell camera footage captured the moment police arrived. Brooks Jr can be heard saying “whoa, whoa, whoa” before complying with orders to put his hands up.
Brooks Jr is the main suspect in the incident that resulted in the deaths of five people and injured tens of others. Among the dead are four members of the ‘Dancing Grannies’, a troupe of women aged 50 to 70 who are staples of the Wisconsin parade scene.
The victims were named as Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owens, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; James Coolidge, 52; and Wilhem Hospel, 82.