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Ring doorbell camera shows Christmas parade suspect minutes before his arrest

Posted November 23, 2021 5:33 a.m. EST
Updated November 23, 2021 6:29 a.m. EST

— The suspect accused of mowing down a crowd at a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday was captured on a Ring doorbell camera immediately before his arrest.

Video obtained Monday by NBC News shows the suspect, Darrell Brooks, pleading for help on the front porch of a Waukesha home, telling the homeowner he is homeless and waiting for an Uber.

In the video, Brooks can be heard talking to the homeowner through the doorbell speaker, saying, "Hey, I called an Uber, and I am supposed to be waiting for it over here ... can you call it for me please?"

Brooks, in a short-sleeved T-shirt, rubs his arms, indicating he is cold.

The homeowner asks Brooks for his ID but does not let him inside.

The video then shows authorities arriving at the home and telling Brooks to put his hands up.

One officer talks to the homeowner, saying, "Hey, do you know this guy?"

The owner replies, "Absolutely not."

It isn't clear whether the house, roughly a half-mile from the Waukesha Christmas parade route that Brooks is accused of plowing into, is where police placed him under arrest.

The Waukesha Police Department did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

Waukesha police charged Brooks with five counts of intentional homicide among other charges. According to police, Brooks fled the scene of a domestic incident Sunday prior to driving the SUV into the parade crowd.

Five people were killed and 48 were injured.

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