Police track leads in search for Wisconsin gun theft suspect

11 April, 2017, 00:07 | Author: Kristopher Anderson

The Rock County Sheriff's Office released on Saturday, April 8th new photos of Joseph Jakubowski, a man they consider armed and unsafe.

Police released a video Jakubowski allegedly posted to Facebook that shows a man mailing a large envelope clearly addressed to Trump and the White House. Because of this, as a precautionary measure, the Rock County Sheriff's Office and Janesville Police Department will be increasing patrols in the area of churches and places of worship on Sunday, April 9.

A nationwide manhunt is on for a Wisconsin man wanted for a series of crimes including stealing over a dozen guns and allegedly plotting mass violence targeting law enforcement and political figures.

Loon or not, Jakubowski is cunning, as he was able to steal 18 weapons from a gun and and get away with it, and has so far managed to evade authorities for five days.

Investigators have followed up on more than 400 tips and leads in the manhunt, and federal authorities are investigating any leads developing outside the area.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Jakubowski's arrest.

Although no threat was made on a religious group, authorities advised the cancellation of church services as a precaution considering Jakubowski's manifesto expressed "anti-religious views".

The newly-released photos of Jakubowski were taken on the evening of Tuesday, April 4th at the Armageddon Gun Shop in Janesville.

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Later that night, his truck was found nearby engulfed in flames, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Police on Sunday also released a social media video that they said depicts Jakubowski's sending a package to Trump.

The hunt continues Monday for a man suspected of stealing firearms from a Wisconsin gun store who sent an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump and has threatened to carry out an unspecified attack, sheriff's officials said.

In total, 175 law enforcement officials are involved in the search.

Knudson said sign companies in Rock, Dane and Walworth counties have donated their services, getting Jakubowski's picture up on signs and billboards.

It "includes grievances against government and personal angst toward anyone or anything other than natural law or rule", the Rock County Sheriff's Office said.

"This manifesto has been evaluated by experts within the Federal Bureau of Investigation behavioral analysis unit to better understand his mindset and locate leads or evidence", Spoden said.

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