Manhunt for armed Wisconsin man continues

Posted April 11, 2017

A manhunt was underway, April 7, 2017, for Joseph Jakubowski, who is suspected of stealing firearms from a gun store in Janesville and threatening an unspecified attack that prompted several schools to close.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office released on Saturday, April 8th new photos of Joseph Jakubowski, a man they consider armed and unsafe.

Spoden says Jakubowski recently sent a 161-page anti-government manifesto to the White House and gave a copy to one of his associates.

In a news release this morning, the Rock Sheriff's Office says it's received more than 200 tips about where Jakubowski could be.

"Whether it's the president or local officials or whether it's law enforcement, he basically has a dislike for anyone that has authority or governmental power".

The commander also says Jakubowski's family and friends have been cooperative in the investigation.

Spoden said the Sheriff's Office is under the assumption that Jakubowski is still in the area, but hasn't ruled out that he may have fled somewhere else, which is why they have sought federal help.

The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Joseph Jakubowski, 32.

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"Deputies responded to an audible alarm at Armageddon Gun Shop and found evidence of a break in and burglary". The video, which Knudson said was posted on social media, shows Jakubowski's name and a Janesville return address on the envelope.

Wisconsin authorities, concerned about anti-religious views in a manifesto written by a fugitive they describe as "armed and unsafe", plan to increase patrols around churches and places of worship Sunday.

Police were forced to shut down some Wisconsin schools after the suspect allegedly made threats against them.

The person asked a series of questions about the church turning away people from services before driving away.

Janesville Police Chief David Moore said his department has also had multiple run-ins with Jakubowski over the years.

Commander Troy Knudsen said law enforcement did check out a suspicious circumstance report near St. Mary's Church on East Wall Street in Janesville where a man was seen placing weapons into the trunk of a vehicle there.

A number of school districts in Rock County and beyond either canceled classes Friday or were on a "soft" lockdown, in which classes continue but doors to school entrances and classrooms are locked and students aren't allowed to go outside. Churches have been told by law enforcement to be on alert because the manifesto included anti-religious views.