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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:36

Authorities increase reward as search for Janesville man continues

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER – Authorities have raised the reward for information leading the capture of a Janesville man wanted in connection with a gun shop burglary who is the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Joseph A. Jakubowski, 32, is wanted in connection with the burglary April 4, 2017, of the Armageddon gun shop in Janesville where more than a dozen high-end weapons were taken.

0411 jakubowski shavedThe burglary happened shortly after police say Jakubowski penned a 161-page anti-government manifesto and sent it to President Donald Trump.

Police say they learned that Jakubowski has made threats to local authorities and churches, leading to extra security at schools, churches and government offices in southern Wisconsin.

Special Agent in Charge  Justin Tolomeo of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Milwaukee Division announced today, April 11, 2017, the FBI has increased its reward up to $20,000.

Investigators say Jakubowski may have attempted to alter his appearance by shaving all facial hair and his head. They released a photo enhancement of what he might now look like.

More than 150 law enforcement personnel and others are working jointly on the investigation.

"We have increased the reward appealing to those in the public who may be able to assist us in a safe and peaceful resolution for all concerned," said SAC Tolomeo.

0411 jakubowski 1The public is reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity, or sightings of Jakubowski to law enforcement.

Please contact the FBI's tip line 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), or

Agencies currently assisting in the search include:

Rock County Sheriff's Office

Janesville Police Department

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation

United States Capitol Police

United States Secret Service

United States Postal Inspector

Beloit Police Department

Clinton Police Department

Dane County Sheriff's Office

Wisconsin State Patrol

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Beloit Fire Department

Janesville Fire Department

Milton Fire Department

Southwest Emergency Preparedness Team

Southwest Incident Management Team

Beloit Emergency Management

Dane County Emergency Management

City of Beloit Administration

Rock County Board of Supervisors

Rock County 911 Communications Center

Rock County Information Technology Department

Rock County Planning DepartmentRock County Facilities Management Department



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