New video from a home surveillance camera shows Darrell Brooks, the alleged driver of the SUV that plowed into a Christmas parade crowd on Sunday, approaching an area homeowner and asking for assistance.
The footage was shot approximately 20 minutes after the incident, in which five people were killed and more than 40 were injured.
Fox News reports that Brooks approached a home and said to the homeowner, Daniel Rider, “Hey, I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here but I don’t know when it’s coming, can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.”
The Blaze reports that Rider invited Brooks into his home, provided him a jacket, and offered to make him a sandwich while Brooks used his phone.
When Rider noticed an increased police presence driving by his home, he felt uneasy and tactfully asked Brooks to leave.
“All of a sudden I look outside my street and I see a few cop cars drive by and I’m getting extra nervous,” Rider recalled.
Video footage posted by NBC shows Brooks leaving the house but returning a few minutes later saying that he forgot his identification inside.
Brooks is left waiting on the porch while Brooks looks for the ID in his home.
Moments later, police shine lights on Brooks. They approach quickly, yelling, “Hands in the air! Hands in the air!”
Brooks surrendered without incident, raising his hands and saying, “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” as officers approached him.
“Do you know this guy?” the police asked Brooks.
“Absolutely not,” Brooks replied.
Katrina Reigh, Rider’s girlfriend, told Fox News that Rider was “just trying to be a Good Samaritan.”
Authorities note that Brooks fled the scene and parked his red SUV in a driveway about half a mile away from the parade site.
NBC reports that Brooks has an extensive criminal record and was released on a $1,000 cash bond about two weeks ago.
The motive for the apparently deliberate drive into the crowd is unclear. If convicted, Rider could serve a life sentence.
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