‘Armed and dangerous’ man sends manifesto to President Trump, authorities say
FBI offers $10,000 reward
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Officers looking for a man who’s considered armed and dangerous said he sent a 161-page manifesto to President Trump.
Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said Friday at a news conference that more than 150 officers are involved in looking for Joseph A. Jakubowski, 32, of Janesville. They’ve followed up on 65 leads and searched 12 locations.
Spoden said 16 high-end firearms were stolen earlier this week during a gun shop robbery in which Jakubowski is suspected. Authorities believe Jakubowski has acquired a bulletproof vest and helmet. He said the multi-agency law enforcement response is being coordinated in the interest of capturing Jakubowski and returning public safety to order.
“We are reaching out to the community not only for the safety of our children, but the safety of the community as a whole,” Spoden said.
Janesville Police Chief David Moore said Jakubowski could be around Janesville or elsewhere in Wisconsin, or he could be out of state. He said Jakubowski is known well to the Janesville officers, but most of his interactions have been anger driven in the past.
“What we have not seen in the past is his anti-government or terrorist type of…rhetoric,” Moore said.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Jakubowski’s arrest.Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo said Friday morning didn’t confirm authorities are considering Jakubowski a terrorist.
“As of now, we have an interest in him with regard to his ideology,” Tolomeo said. “But we’re mainly concerned with finding and apprehending him, and then learning his motives specifically.
The sheriff’s office said it learned Thursday that he had made threats to steal weapons and use them against public officials or at an unspecified school.
Schools in Janesville, Milton and the Parkview School District closed Friday because of the manhunt. Numerous other school districts are taking extra security measures.
Jakubowski is wanted in connection with the theft of guns Tuesday night from the Armageddon gun and ammo shop on Highway 14 in Janesville. A car registered to Jakubowski was found burned nearby, and he’s suspected in the arson, officials said.
Deputies said handguns and rifles that were stolen were high end.
Jakubowski is last listed as living at 811 Glen St. in Janesville. He is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall with green eyes and brown hair.
The sheriff’s office said in a news release Thursday night that authorities received information in the early morning hours Thursday that Jakubowski “has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 608-757-7911.
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