This is when Darrell Brooks, the suspect in Waukesha’s parade, attempted to break into an office building and then fled to a nearby porch where he begged to be let in before his arrest.
Jurors were shown the footage on the 11th day of Brooks’ trial and heard testimonies from the man who let him into his home after the accused killer said he was homeless and begged to be let in to call an Uber .
Unaware of the incident during the Christmas parade, Daniel Rider tricked Brooks into thinking he was homeless — even giving him a coat to put on and eat a sandwich.
Brooks, 40, eventually left the porch but returned minutes later asking if he could go back in before the police finally cornered and arrested him.
Brooks represents himself in the trial where he is accused of murdering six people by plowing an SUV through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin last November.
Daniel Rider testifies in court about how Darrell Brooks knocked on his door and begged to be let in to warm up and call an Uber
Brooks listens to testimonies during the eleventh day of his trial. He is accused of murdering six people by driving an SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in November 2021
Footage of Brooks’ arrest was captured by the Ring Doorbell on Rider’s porch.
It showed Brooks in a red t-shirt approaching Rider’s door and knocking on it several times as he shivered with cold.
When Rider opened the door, Brooks began begging him to lend him a phone to call a car.
“Hey, can I call the Uber?” he heard him say, gesturing toward the road behind him. “I should wait for this, but can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.’
Rider and could then be seen stepping out onto the porch with Brooks—now dressed in a coat—talking on the phone and looking up and down the road.
The footage then cut to Brooks after he left and returned to Rider’s porch, where he knocked on the door again, saying he’d forgotten his ID and wanted to get back in.
Rider refused, and moments later the police descended on the porch and arrested Brooks.
Rider said he was unaware of the incident that had taken place at the nearby Christmas parade, and let Brooks into his home thinking he really needed help.
During his court testimony, Rider said he was unaware of the events that had taken place at the nearby parade, and let Brooks in because he seemed to need help with the cold weather.
“There was a guy who called Ring and said he was homeless and cold and needed my phone,” he said, noting that Brooks was only wearing jeans and a t-shirt and that he had no shoes on.
“He stood on my porch for about a minute,” Rider said. “He said he had no weapons. I let him in. He could come and warm up.’
Once inside, Rider offered his phone and said Brooks appeared to be calling his mother.
“I gave him a sandwich and slippers,” he said. “I often heard him say ‘mama,’ and then she called my phone back and left a message.”
Rider said Brooks seemed “confused,” but he never felt like he was a danger.
“He was grateful and grateful,” Rider said, explaining that Brook said “thanks for showing me, love man.”
“The person at my door was very polite. I didn’t feel in danger. I don’t think he ever asked for a jacket and a sandwich. I offered them to him.’
“The suspect returned a minute later, asking to come back in and that he had left his ID,” Rider said. “I went back in to look for it, but didn’t let him in again. There was nothing left in my house.’
Brooks listens to testimonies during his trial on Monday. He has chosen to represent himself in court
Footage shows Brooks attempting to break into the Aires Industries office complex, a short distance from where his battered red SUV broke away from police after the frenzy of the parade
The jury was also shown footage of Brooks rattling the doors of the Aires Industries office complex, a short distance from where his battered red SUV broke free from police after the parade.
Erin Cordes—who had attended the Christmas parade—testified how Brooks stumbled out of a thicket near the office building and asked her to borrow her phone.
“Looks like he came from behind two houses,” she said. ‘It was a windy cold night. He was shivering, wearing a red shirt and no shoes.’
“At that point after the parade, we were both pretty tense,” Cordes said.
She said Brooks insisted he wasn’t trying to hurt them and that he just wanted to use a phone.
“I’m not going to hurt you,” Cordes said, Brooks explained. “I just need to use your phone.”
She said Brooks seemed to be calling his mom and asking where he could warm up. Shortly after, he was briefly seen on Aires Industries’ security footage trying to break in before running away.