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Gun theft fugitive caught in southwest Wisconsin

15 April 2017

A convicted felon who robbed a gun store in Janesville, Wisconsin on April 4, 2017 and sent a 160-page anti-religion/anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump was caught by law enforcement, according to a Friday report by ABC News.

Officials accuse Jakubowski of stealing more than a dozen firearms from a Wisconsin gun store in early April and threatening to use them on public officials.

The letter threatened violence on Easter Sunday.

Separately, law enforcement officials said on Thursday they were investigating a letter purportedly sent through the U.S.

A criminal complaint against him claims he wrote an apology letter to the gun store owner, left behind with his sister.

Spoden said law enforcement won't release a copy of the manifesto "any time in the near future" and expressed surprise that Jakubowski didn't send copies to media outlets.

Authorities believe this manifesto was written by Joseph Jakubowski, a man who is now the subject of a national manhunt.

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. Some 150 local, state and federal police officers and personnel were searching Jakubowski, who on April 4, 2017 allegedly stole some 16 "high-end firearms" from a gun store in Janesville, Wisconsin and set fire to a auto nearby, according to Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden.

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The search since April 4 for Joseph Jakubowski had businesses in his hometown on heightened alert.

Spoden said investigators couldn't rule out that Jakubowski was being aided by accomplices, but "right now we just don't have the information or evidence that anybody is assisting him".

"With the kind of weaponry he had, he could've done extensive damage", said Richard Erdman, owner of The Coin Shop, a pawn shop downtown.

Anyone with information about Jakubowski's whereabouts is asked to call the Rock County Sheriff's Office at 608-757-7911 or the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI. He said his wife had been avoiding the mall, fearing it could be the target of an attack.

A law enforcement official close to the investigation confirmed the portion of manifesto as authentic, according to the affiliate. "And that set into motion the contacts that we had with the schools and the soft lockdown", Janesville police chief David Moore said at a Thursday news conference.

"These kinds of things keep people on the edge", said Fabian Gonzalez, the general manager of the Milwaukee Grill.

The threat prompted area schools to close last Friday prior to a scheduled spring break, and patrols were increased at local churches because Jakubowski's manifesto had included "anti-religion sentiment".

Gun theft fugitive caught in southwest Wisconsin