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Joseph Jakubowski Captured

UPDATE 2:23 PM: The FBI, Rock County Sheriff's Office and Janesville Police Department held a press conference Friday afternoon discussing the capture of Joseph Jakubowski.

According to FBI, Jakubowski was found with flammable liquids, guns and a copy of his manifesto. The guns included a samurai-like sword.

Jakubowski is currently being interviewed. 

He will have a preliminary hearing in Madison's Federal Court on Friday. 

He was taken in without incident. No officers were injured.

FBI's swat teams from Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis went to Readstown to help with the capture. 

Authorities do not believe the Sussex area threat came from Jakubowski. 


ATF Agent Lee said Jakubowski case needs to be pursued and prosecuted, asks for patience.

ORIGINAL: On Thursday, April 13 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person on a farmer’s property on Estes Road near Readstown in western Wisconsin. 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. Readstown is 160 miles west of Milwaukee.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a credible tip Thursday night at 7:11 PM, indicating Jakubowski was spotted in a remote location, off County Road U, near the Vernon and Richland County line, south of Viola.  

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The suspicious person complaint reported that a man 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.

Jakubowski had been on the run for ten days.

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Shortly before 6:00 AM Friday morning, tactical officers made contact with the suspicious person at the campsite. This subject was taken into custody without incident and positively identified as Joseph A. Jakubowski, our wanted fugitive.

Arrangements are being made for Jakubowski to be returned to Rock County for further investigation and charges.

Lottery officials started issuing alerts on their retail terminals something that is usually only done during AMBER alerts. Jakubowski's stepfather urged him to surrender and said Joseph was a dangerous man.

Sheriff's officials say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a gun store and sending President Donald Trump an anti-government manifesto has been arrested in southwestern Wisconsin.

The FBI increased the reward amount to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of Jakubowski.

More than 150 law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski since April 4 when authorities say he broke into a gun store in Janesville.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says Jakubowski wrote a 161-page manifesto in which he detailed a long list of grievances against the government and spoke of plans to launch attacks with the 18 firearms he allegedly stole.

A press conference will take place at 2:00 PM Friday.

Governor Walker tweeted out his thanks to law enforcement after the capture and said he is "thankful that people don't have to worry about Easter weekend activities."


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