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Friday, 14 April 2017 08:04

Breaking: Jakubowski captured after nationwide manhunt

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER – After an intense, nine-day manhunt that had authorities on alert from Janesville to Washington, D.C., a man authorities say robbed a gun shop and made threats against the government officials and schools has been captured.

Authorities took Joseph A. Jakubowski into custody shortly before 6 a.m. today, April 14, 2017 near the Vernon-Richland county line and he is being transported to the Rock County Jail Friday morning, police said.

According to a Rock County Sheriff's Office news release, the Vernon County Sheriff's Office received a report about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, of a suspicious person on a farmer's property on Estes Road near Readstown, Wisconsin. (MAP)

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. Local authorities established a perimeter and tactical support was sent in to investigate.

Shortly before 6 a.m., tactical officers made contact with the person at the campsite. This subject was taken into custody without incident and positively identified as Joseph A. Jakubowski, according to the news release.

The saga began April 4, 2017, with a report of a burglary at the Armageddon Gun Shop on U.S. Highway 14 where police say a large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen. A short time later, a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane and authorities linked the fire and gun shop robbery to Jakubowski.

Schools from Janesville to Fort Atkinson were put on soft lockdowns or extra alert status. The case took an ominous twist when police revealed the Jakubowski had written a 161-page anti-government manifesto, and delivered it to President Donald Trump.

By last Friday, Janesville public and private schools had closed at additional law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service had arrived in town to assist with the investigation.

Authorities had received more than 400 leads and followed up on each one. On several occasions, SWAT teams were sent to residences where Jakubowski was reported to be hiding, but in each case, police came away empty handed.

As a result of anti-religion sentiment depicted in Jakubowski's manifesto, local law enforcement has increased patrols at churches within their jurisdictions.

No disturbances have been reported at any local church. However, law enforcement did receive a suspicious circumstance report near St. Mary's Church, on East Wall Street in Janesville.

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