Janesville gun store fugitive Joseph Jakubowski captured

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2017

Jakubowski is accused of stealing more than a dozen firearms earlier this month, mailing the document to Trump, then setting fire to his vehicle and dashing to escape authorities.

Law enforcement officials who arrested a fugitive wanted in the theft of guns from a Wisconsin store and who made unspecified attack threats in a rambling manifesto say they found firearms near his campsite.

UPDATE (WKOW) - Law enforcement confirms that at 5:50 a.m. Friday Joseph Jakubowski was taken into custody near the Richland and Vernon County border. The suspicious person matched the description of Jakubowski. Gorn said he didn't realize it was Jakubowski, the target of an intense manhunt by at least 150 federal, state and local law enforcement officers.

Local media also indicated that he sent a 161-page manifesto to the U.S. president in which he threatened a "revolution" and violence in schools.


"What I find unique about this was that he. called for a revolution and for the masses to rise up, and for those who he felt were enslaved to free themselves, as he put it", Spoden said.

"Shortly before 6 a.m., tactical officers made contact with the suspicious person at the campsite", Spoden said.

A friend of Jakubowski's told authorities on April 6 that Jakubowski had said he was going to steal guns from Armageddon Supplies.

"The witness was crucial", Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said this morning. Authorities also investigated a letter threatening Easter attacks on churches in Wisconsin mailed by someone claiming to be Jakubowski. A video recorded by Jakubowski and released by police shows him preparing to mail a manifesto to the White House.


Jakubowski, 32, gave up "peacefully", investigators told reporters.

Readstown is 125 miles from Janesville, Jakubowski's hometown. His auto was found burned near the gun store police say he robbed of 18 guns last week.

The FBI was offering up to a $20,000 cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

Public Defender Joe Bugni is representing the defendant, who was led into district court about 3:30 Friday afternoon with shackles on his feet, but not on his wrists.


Jakubowski is being taken back to Rock County for further investigation and charges, officials said. In it, Jakubowski said the government and religion are brainwashing citizens, and he wants his death "carried out by the hands of the president" on live television, the station reported.

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