Wisconsin firearms theft suspect in court on state charges

Henrietta Brewer
April 18, 2017

The Janesville man who was the focus of a nationwide manhunt last week was in Rock County court Monday afternoon on charges related to a gun store burglary. He appeared by video.

After a short discussion with his Lawyer, Jakubowski acknowledged the charges and remained mostly silent for the rest of the hearing.


JANESVILLE-Joseph A. Jakubowski planted a fake bomb at a Janesville gas station on April 4 to draw police away from the burglary he committed, a prosecutor said in Rock County Court on Monday. He is charged with burglary while arming himself with a weapon, felony theft of firearms and possession of burglary tools.

New details regarding the almost hour long conversation between 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski and Vernon County farmer Jeff Gorn are coming to light.


He is not allowed contact with the gun shop in Janesville, Armageddon Supplies, or the owner. "My job, at this point, is to make sure you're aware of the charges against you as well as the maximum penalty", Barton continued.

"Mr. Jakubowski, I'm not here to discuss the case with you. I'm a free man", Jakubowski responded. In the document, Jakubowski is accused of making anti-government and anti-religion statements. His bond was set at $30,000 ($10,000 per count).


His next court appearance is set for April 25 at 2:30 p.m.

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