Manifesto-writing fugitive found camping on Wisconsin farm

Lauren Perry
April 15, 2017

Jakubowski was camped out on Jeff Gorn's Vernon County property Thursday night when Gorn found him and spoke to him for an hour.

Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo of the FBI's Milwaukee office speaks to reporters Friday about the capture of Joseph Jakubowski.

The nationwide manhunt for a Janesville man who allegedly stole guns and mailed an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump ended Friday morning in remote farmland in Vernon County, where he gave himself up without incident after law enforcement authorities found him under a tarp, looking disheveled and exhausted.

"Tactical officers made contact where he was positively identified as Jakubowski and was taken into custody without incident", said Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden addressing the media Friday after authorities captured fugitive Joseph Jakubowski earlier that morning. Jakubowski will be back in federal court on April 25 for an arraignment and detention hearing.

Milwaukee Grill general manager Fabian Gonzalez says he was concerned for women on his staff because they have children who attend Janesville schools and police initially anxious that Jakubowski could launch an attack there. Gorn said he didn't realize it was Jakubowski, the 32-year-old target of an intense manhunt by at least 150 federal, state and local law enforcement officers for more than a week.

"When I said you can't stay here, he looked at me like "ugh".

"The one thing he said over and over is that, 'no one listens to me, '" Gorn said.

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The property owner told authorities the man matched Jakubowski's description and that he was refusing to leave.

"He seemed angry at the way he views society, how he believes money is controlling society", Gorn said, adding that the man was "extremely cordial".

"I drove up to a little makeshift tent and talked to a man about the problems he was having, that's my world, that's what I do", he says.

When he returned to his house, Gorn said he felt a bit uneasy with the campsite and called the Vernon County Sheriff's Office.

Jakubowski is accused of stealing 18 guns from a store near Janesville April 4. In this April 4, 2017 frame grab from a surveillance video released by the Rock County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Jakubowski makes a purchase at a gas station in Janesville, Wis.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker has canceled his annual Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday while Jakubowski remains at large.

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