Wisconsin police arrest heavily-armed man who mailed ‘rambling’ manifesto to Trump before going on the run
Cops announced early Friday morning that Jakubowski was taken into custody at around 6am near Readstown, southwestern Wisconsin
Armed and dangerous Joseph Jakubowski, 32, from Janesville, Wisconsin robbed hometown gun store and abandoned his burnt out truck on April 4
Over 150 law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski since the incidents of April 4
Last week, investigators obtained the 161-page manifesto Jakubowski mailed to Trump which appeared to contain threats
Police in Wisconsin, Friday announced that they had in custody Joseph Jakubowski, the suspect in the theft of stealing firearms from a gun store, who remarkably then sent President Donald Trump an anti-government manifesto.
A bulletin today from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski was captured around 6am Friday near Readstown, a town about 160 miles west of Milwaukee in Wisconsin.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that he was captured without incident. Addressing the media on the arrest, the statement read: ‘On April 13, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person on a farmer’s property on Estes Road near Readstown, WI,’ the statement read.
‘Investigators assigned to the Jakubowski case were sent to that location along with tactical support to assist local authorities in determining whether the suspicious individual was related to the manhunt.’
‘The suspicious person complaint reported that a male matching the description of Jakubowski was camping at that location and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so.’
Federal agents seen providing tactical support to sheriff’s deputies during a search for Jakubowski in Janesville on Thursday
‘Local authorities established a perimeter and tactical support was sent in to investigate.’
‘Shortly before 6:00 AM, tactical officers made contact with the suspicious person at the campsite. This subject was taken into custody without incident and positively identified as Joseph A. Jakubowski, our wanted fugitive.’
More than 150 law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski since April 4 when authorities say he broke into a gun store in Janesville, about 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says Jakubowski wrote a 161-page manifesto in which he detailed a long list of grievances against the government and spoke of plans to launch attacks with the 18 firearms he allegedly stole.
Nailed: Joseph Jakubowski is believed to be the burglar seen in this surveillance video of a gun shop burglary in Janesville, Wisconsin on April 4
Jakubowski’s is caught here on CCTV camera going into the Armaegdon gunshop and leaving later with his loot
Authorities are investigating a letter threatening Easter attacks on churches in Wisconsin purportedly sent by Jakubowski.
The letter mailed by someone claiming to be Jakubowski threatens unspecified violence on Sunday at churches in the Sussex area, about 25 miles northwest of Milwaukee.
Rock County sheriff’s officials are trying to determine if the letter is authentic.
Officials believe Jakubowski also wrote an anti-government manifesto indicating his dislike for religion and a desire to carry out unspecified attacks.
Surveillance video released by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office shows the fugitive Joseph Jakubowski making a purchase at a gas station in Janesville, Wisc. on April 4, 2017
The car registered to Jakubowski was found burning on a rural road not far from the gun shop he robbed after sending the letter
Last week, after investigators obtained the 161-page manifesto Jakubowski mailed to Trump, by Wednesday the reward for information leading to Jakubowski’s capture was raised from $10,000 to $20,000 and to date officers have received more 700 tips.
The FBI continued to analyze the manifesto which has been described by authorities as ‘anarchistic’ and filled with ‘a lot of anger’ directed against government, the police and religion.
There were, however, no specific threats towards people or locations.
Sheriff Spoden added: ‘He uses the word slave quite a bit. He feels that politicians have abused their power.’
Mugshot ofJoseph Jakubowski without facial hair was released alongside a shot of his regular looks
Authorities on Thursday released additional excerpts of the manifesto in which the often rambling Jakubowski refers to health insurance, taxes and religion as examples of the government trying to brainwash its citizens.
‘We the people should be out for these sick minded people belonging to the system! We need to spill their blood!’ he wrote.
The Gun Shop in Janesville, Wisconsin, allegedly robbed by Joseph Jakubowski on April 4
He also attempted to justify his actions of robbing the gun store and taking a haul that included 18 guns, including a fully automatic M-16, two gun silencers, multiple rounds of ammunition and tactical clothing including a bullet proof vest and helmet.
He wrote: ‘I have never been a thief! I hate thieves! However since this system has stolen my natural right to protect and defend life…this system has left me no choice but to commit crime to have the means to protect life!’
He also ranted that ‘Priest and churches control the presidents and the banks.’
Janesville Police Chief David Moore described the case as ‘unique.’
He said: ‘Many times with mass casualty events we have the mass casualties first and after we have this lengthy investigation and often we find there were indications that could have been caught.’
‘In this we have some clues going into this which we are investigating in hopes of stopping what could be a mass casualty event.
Sheriff Spoden described what Jakubowski has done so far as, ‘correctible’ with both officers urging him to ‘do the right thing’ and hand himself.