Christmas parade suspect was out on bail

The man accused of killing five people with his car after driving through a Christmas parade had a criminal history and had been released from custody on a $1,000 bond earlier this month.

Police said 39-year-old Darrell Brooks will be charged with five counts of first-degree homicide after Sunday's vehicle rampage in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

“Subject was taken into custody a short distance from scene and we are confident he acted alone.”

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said the motive for the attack was still a mystery but that it was clear the suspect had acted intentionally.

"He drove right through the barricades and the officers."

State court records show Brooks had been charged on Nov. 5 with obstructing an officer, battery, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping in a domestic abuse case.

He was released on a $1,000 cash bond, an amount the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office said was "inappropriately low" in light of the nature of the recent charges.

Residents of Waukesha recalled witnessing the horror at a candlelight vigil on Monday.

"We heard the honking, and the vehicle passed just right behind me and another mom, almost running us over. We saw how the vehicle just kept going."

Several vigils and prayer services were held for the victims, including a memorial service attended by hundreds in a park near the scene.

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