Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect

Justin Greene
April 11, 2017

"Basically he's angry at all government officials", Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said at the press conference on Friday. About 30 minutes later, police found Jakubowski's vehicle on fire nearby - showing evidence of arson, Cmdr.

Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Rock County in Janesville are resuming normal spring class schedules while implementing extra security measures, according to an email from school officials.

Rock County Sheriff's Office (JANESVILLE, Wisc.) - Wisconsin authorities, concerned about anti-religious views in a manifesto written by a fugitive they describe as "armed and unsafe", plan to increase patrols around churches and places of worship Sunday. He had threatened to steal weapons and use them against public officials or at an unspecified school, police said.

Police have received hundreds of leads and are following up on those, but are still asking for help from the public.

Hundreds of tips rolled in over the weekend in connection with a manhunt for Joseph Jakubowski, accused of stealing more than a dozen guns and making threats against schools, officials said. Spoden said the suspect had written a 161-page long anti-government manifesto, which he had mailed to the White House.

The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Jakubowski.

Joseph Jakubowski has been on the run since Tuesday.

Two updated pictures have been provided to Rock County Sheriff's Office of Jakubowski at a gas station.

Wisconsin authorities have increased patrols around churches and other places of worship because of concerns about a fugitive who has expressed anti-religious views and threats of violence, including against President Donald Trump. They say Jakubowski is a gun-theft suspect who is armed and risky. Many Rock County schools are on spring break this week.

Friday afternoon, members of the Rock County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team converged on the house searching for Jakubowski.

While Jakubowski has had previous run-ins with the law and served prison time, his anti-government rhetoric "is a new element for all of us", Moore said.

"Jakubowski is described as being 5'10" tall with green eyes and brown hair, but police believe he may have altered his appearance.

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