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Friday, 07 April 2017 07:01

Update: Latest school closures while manhunt continues

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FBI agents provide tactical support to sheriff's detectives during a search for the suspect in an April 5, 2017 gun shop burglary. FBI agents provide tactical support to sheriff's detectives during a search for the suspect in an April 5, 2017 gun shop burglary. Angela Major/Gazettextra.com

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Area school districts are going into their second day of heightened alerts as authorities search for a man who they fear made threats against schools and politicians.

A manhunt is underway for Joseph A. Jakubowski , 32, of 811 Glen Street (upper) in Janesville. He is described as being 5’10” tall with green eyes and brown hair.

0403 suspectInvestigators learned early Thursday that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues.

He also is the suspect in the burglary Wednesday evening, April 5, 2017, of the Armageddon Gun Shop on U.S. Highway 14 in Janesville. Several high-end weapons are missing, according to police.

School updates:

School District of Janesville, closed:

Based on current information from the Janesville Police Department and the Rock County Sheriff's Office, the School District of Janesville has decided to cancel school Friday, April 7, 2017. Parents will be receiving notifications through the Infinite Campus system about this cancellation.

Janesville parochial schools:

St. Paul's, St. Mary's, St. Williams all are closed, according  to WCLO.

School District of Milton, closed:

All schools in the School District of Milton will be closed today Friday April 7, 2017. With the current situation still unresolved it is our decision that for the safety of our families and staff, the district should close for the day.

Informational updates about co-curricular and extracurricular activities for this evening will be shared later today through Skyward Family e-mails to parents and students.

Parkview School District, closed:

Because the suspect wanted in the theft of numerous weapons and ammo from a Janesville gun shop and then making threats to attack a school is still at large, Parkview will be closed Friday April 7, 2017. Another message will be made later today regarding after school co-curricular and athletic practices and games.

UW-Rock County, closed:

Due to security concerns, all classes and activities on the UW-Rock County campus are canceled for Friday, April 7, 2017 only. Buildings will be locked and closed to all: faculty, staff, students and the public.

Delavan-Darien School District, open today:

Delavan-Darien schools will be open tomorrow, Friday, April 7, but, we will be in a general or soft lockdown situation again as a precautionary measure. All in-town after-school activities are canceled for Friday. The scheduled DDHS baseball games in Mauston will go on as planned.

Elkhorn Area School District, open today:

As a result of this situation and working with local law enforcement, all schools in the District have been put on an alert status. Our buildings are already locked down during the school day with buzzed entrances and video surveillance as well as the WAVE system.

Shortly after Wednesday burglary was discovered, a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane, a short distance away, according to the news release.

At that scene was evidence of arson and it appears that the burglary and vehicle arson events are connected.

The registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fire is Jakubowski.

Investigators learned early Thursday that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues.

Jakubowski also allegeldy made threats to steal weapons and to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school.

As a result, area schools have been notified and the search efforts for Jakubowski have been supplemented by several additional agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and all local law enforcement agencies.

Jakubowski is considered a suspect in both incidents and is currently wanted by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. If anyone has any information regarding Jakubowski’s location, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (608)757-7911.

 

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