The ex-girlfriend of the driver charged in the deadly Waukesha Christmas parade rampage was spotted running away from him with a black eye just moments before the carnage unfolded, a neighbor claims.
Police said Darrell Brooks, 39, was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute in his SUV when he allegedly plowed into the parade crowd on Sunday, killing five and injuring 48 in Wisconsin.
The neighbor told The Sun they saw Brooks’ ex-girlfriend fleeing barefoot from him after getting into a fight just moments earlier.
The ex-girlfriend had a black eye, the neighbor claimed.
A woman who only identified herself as Ebony told the outlet the pair would frequently fight outside Brooks’ home.
Ebony said she had previously stepped in to intervene and threatened to call police.
Waukesha’s police chief Dan Thompson revealed Monday that Brooks had left the site of the domestic disturbance before officers arrived and he wasn’t being pursued at the time of the rampage.
There was no evidence that Brooks knew anyone in the parade, Thompson said.
The dead were identified as four women ages 52 to 79 and an 81-year-old man.
Brooks was out on $1,000 cash bail at the time of Sunday’s tragedy after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend and purposefully running her “over with his vehicle” in a Milwaukee gas station parking lot on Nov. 2, according to court documents.
He has a lengthy rap sheet and has been charged with crimes 16 times since 1999, according to authorities and records.