The Wisconsin fugitive accused of robbing a gun shop and sending a manifesto to President Donald Trump was captured while camping on a Wisconsin farmer’s property after a 10-day manhunt, officials said.
Joseph Jakubowski, who was considered “armed and dangerous,” allegedly stole 18 firearms from a gun store near Janesville, Wisconsin, on April 4, then allegedly torched his car and fled, and had been on the run ever since.
Jakubowski is also accused of sending the president a manifesto littered with anti-religious and anti-government rhetoric. Jakubowski allegedly distributed as many 25 copies of the manifesto, mostly to people that he knew, officials said.
“Today is a good day for the Wisconsin community,” Justin Tolomeo, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee Division, said at a news conference this afternoon. “There is no other credible threat related to him in the Wisconsin community.”
Janesville Chief of Police David Moore said that police were concerned a mass shooting could have occurred.
“It ended because a citizen gave a clue,” Moore said. “We were looking out not in terms of days but in terms of weeks for sustaining this investigation.
“We were set up for a long-term investigation and we had the assets in place in the event … something of a tragic nature occurred.”
Jakubowski was taken into custody early this morning after he was spotted camping Thursday night on a farmer’s property near Readstown, Wisconsin, which is about 130 miles northwest of Janesville, the sheriff’s office in Rock County, where Janesville is located, said in a news release this morning.
The property owner, Jeffrey Gorn, told The Associated Press he spoke to the man camping on his property for about an hour and did not realise he was Jakubowski.
Jakubowski had in a written note threatened to attach churches on Easter Sunday.