Wisconsin man accused of sending manifesto to Trump arrested after manhunt

Lauren Perry
April 15, 2017

Authorities said the farmer contacted police with a complaint that Jakubowski refused to leave his property.

More than 150 law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski, 32, since April 4 when authorities say he broke into a gun store in Janesville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee. A few hours later, Jakubowski broke into a Janesville weapons store, stole 18 guns, then set his vehicle on fire, authorities have said.

Last Friday, Rock County, Wisconsin Sheriff Robert Spoden said the fugitive is "angry at all government officials...he has a dislike for anyone that has authority or governmental power".

Arrangements are being made for Jakubowski to be returned first to Madison for an initial hearing Friday afternoon in federal court, where he will be facing federal weapons charges.

Because he'll remain in federal custody, the USA government will initially bear the brunt of the expense of holding him.

Moore credited the citizen who called in a tip Thursday night, which led law enforcement to where Jakubowski was camping. An arrest warrant was issued for Jakubowski after he allegedly stole 18 guns from a firearms shop in Janesville, Wisconsin.

The Rock County Sheriff's Department says he was arrested shortly after 6a.m.in Richland County, and is reportedly in custody in Vernon County.

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A 161-page manifesto that Jakubowski sent to Trump criticized officials from all levels of government and contained "anti-religious views", according to investigators on the case.

Soon after area law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter where Jakubowski was spotted and multiple law enforcement agencies maintained the perimeter throughout the night.

In the rugged hills of Western Wisconsin, a 10-day search for Joseph Jakubowski came to an end Friday morning.

Gorn, 58, a former high school guidance counselor, said he talked with Jakubowski for an hour. The person matched Jakubowski's description. "And I told him you're not too far off the grid".

"With the kind of weaponry he had, he could've done extensive damage", said Richard Erdman, owner of The Coin Shop, a pawn shop downtown.

"The witness was crucial", Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said this morning. He said his wife had been avoiding the mall, fearing it could be the target of an attack.

The federal complaint and an affidavit of a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent largely mirror a complaint filed earlier this week in Rock County Circuit Court, including a mention that Jakubowski had written an apology note to Armageddon's owner, which was found at Jakubowski's sister's home.

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