Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect

Kari Scott
April 11, 2017

Law enforcement officials in the United States have intensified efforts in the manhunt for Joseph Jakubowski, who is accused of stealing a large number of firearms from a store and mailing an anti-government manifesto for President Donald Trump.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - The Rock County Sheriff's Office says roughly 150 investigators are searching for 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski.

Jakubowski allegedly broke into the Armageddon Supplies gun shop in Janesville Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. and stole about 16 high-end firearms. His vehicle was later found on fire nearby, but Jakubowski remains at large.

The Janesville and Milton school districts canceled classes on Friday due to the potential threat.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office wrote in a release that "additional federal resources" had been brought in from across the country Monday morning to aid in the search for Joseph A. Jakubowski. "We're going under the assumption that he's remaining in the area", Spoden said. Investigators have followed up on about 320 tips.

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Spoden said the suspect had written a 161-page anti-government manifesto, which he had mailed to the White House the same day as the robbery.

Police patrols near places of worship were stepped up Sunday because Janesville police said Jakubowski expressed anti-religious views in his manifesto.

Rock County police released new a surveillance photo showing Joseph Jakubowski at a Mobil gas station in Janesville Tuesday afternoon, hours before the burglary. Police also learned Jakubowski acquired a bullet proof vest and a helmet. In total, 175 law enforcement officials are involved in the search.

In a news release this morning, the Rock Sheriff's Office says it's received more than 200 tips about where Jakubowski could be. He pleaded guilty in Rock County in 2008 to charges of battery, disarming a peace officer and bail jumping. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Spoden said the auto belonged to Jakubowski. When officials spoke to an associate of Jakubowski, they learned Jakubowski made a statement about stealing guns and about an unspecified attack.

Jakubowski is described as 5ft 10 inches tall and weighs around 200lbs.

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