UPDATE: Jakubowski declines to stand for judge in court

Published: Apr. 6, 2017 at 10:29 AM CDT
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Updated: April 25, 2017

UPDATED: MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of stealing a cache of weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House failed to stand for a federal judge at his arraignment.

Joseph Jakubowski appeared in court in Madison Tuesday on felony possession and theft of firearms charges.

Jakubowski didn't stand as Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker entered the court, nor did he speak during the brief arraignment. WKOW-TV reports that public defender, Joe Bugni, entered not guilty pleas on Jakubowski's behalf.

Prosecutors say Jakubowski mailed a rambling manifesto to President Donald Trump then stole 18 firearms from a store in Janesville, Wisconsin, April 4. He was arrested 10 days later while camping on private property in southwestern Wisconsin, about 140 miles from Janesville.

He's due in state court in Janesville Tuesday afternoon.


Updated: April 19, 2017

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have filed additional weapons charges against a Wisconsin man accused of stealing numerous firearms and sending a threatening anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western of District of Wisconsin said Wednesday Joseph Jakubowski now faces charges for allegedly stealing 18 firearms and two silencers and for being a felon in possession of firearms. His initial theft charges accounted for two firearms and two silencers.

Authorities launched a nationwide manhunt for the 32-year-old after they said he burglarized a gun store in Janesville, Wisconsin and mailed a manifesto to the White House April 4. Officers captured Jakubowski on Friday while he camped at a Vernon County farm field.

He is in federal custody without bond and also faces state charges related to the store burglary.


Updated: April 17, 2017

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of stealing numerous firearms and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House talked back to a court official during a hearing to face state charges.

Joseph Jakubowski already has federal charges against him for allegedly stealing firearms from a Janesville, Wisconsin, gun store and court officials advised him Monday of charges he faces in Rock County.

Jakubowski sat with his defense attorney and appeared by television while court Commissioner Larry Barton informed him of three charges of theft and burglary. At one point Jakubowski asked a question about one of the charges and Barton warned him not to make statements. Jakubowksi responded by saying "you can't tell me what to do as a free individual."

Authorities arrested Jakubowski on Friday after a 10-day manhunt.


Updated: April 14, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- Joseph Jakubowski is charged with stealing firearms and silencers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

This information comes from the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison.

If convicted, Jakubowski faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

He will make an appearance in federal court in Madison Friday.


Updated: April 13, 2017

UPDATE: VERNON COUNTY, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Vernon County Sheriff's Department says Joseph Jakubowski is now in custody.

He was arrested after someone reported a suspicious person on a farmer's property near Readstown, Wisconsin. That caller reported that a person was camping at that location and refused to leave when asked Thursday night around 9:30.

Friday morning at 6, tactial officers arrived at the campsite and took Jakubowksi into custody. Arrangements are underway to bring him back to Rock County.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office has scheduled a press conference Friday afternoon at 2.


Updated: April 13, 2017

UPDATED: ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Rock County Sheriff's office says they have received 785 tips and are currently pursuing 158 of them in the manhunt for Joseph Jakubowski.

Waukesha County authorities tell Rock County Sheriff's they are investigating a threatening letter sent through the mail indicating unspecified violence at unspecified churches in the Sussex area on Easter Sunday.

Authorities believe this letter was sent by Joseph Jakubowski, investigators are working to determine its authenticity.


Updated: April 12, 2017

UPDATED: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Rock County Sheriff's Office says law enforcement has received 650 tips on their tip lines. Investigators are currently pursuing more than 125 of those tips.

General tips and historical information can be reported to the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALLFBI or 1-800-225-5324.

We can also call the Rock County Sheriff's Office tip line at 608-757-7911.

Again, the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to Joseph Jakubowski.


Updated: April 11, 2017

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The FBI is increasing the reward amount for information that leads to the arrest of a Wisconsin man suspected of stealing guns and threatening attacks in an anti-government manifesto he mailed to the White House.

The FBI said Tuesday it was increasing its reward from $10,000 to $20,000 to help authorities capture 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski. Authorities have been searching for Jakubowski since April 4, when authorities believe he stole 18 firearms from a gun store in Janesville.

Authorities also released a modified mug shot of Jakubowski with his head and facial hair shaved off because the FBI believes he may have altered his appearance.

Authorities say Jakubowski threatened to attack schools and public officials in a 161-page manifesto that he mailed to President Donald Trump.


Updated: April 10, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) – The search continues for the Janesville man considered a national threat as police say they've received more than 500 tips.

32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski is accused of stealing over a dozen guns from a Janesville gun shop last week. A number of schools in the area closed after a 161-page manifesto sent to the president was unveiled, detailing Jakubowski’s displeasure with government and law enforcement.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden say they are now up to 170 officers total helping in the case. So far, there has been no direct law enforcement contact with Jakubowski which is why both the Sheriff and Janesville Police say tips are crucial to solving the case. Police are also releasing new photos of Jakubowski's tattoos. According to the Rock County Sheriff's Office, Jakubowski has tattoos on his right hand, right forearm, and right upper arm. Photos of all three tattoos can be found on the Rock County Sheriff's Office Facebook page at the attached related link.

“This suspect had a plan, we don’t know the end game of his plan or may that may take him, but certainly there is a national focus on this investigation and it has been very important to get his picture out nationally, it's very important to have his video out nationally cause it's those types of things that help solve this case,” says Sheriff Robert Spoden.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Jakubowski’s arrest. Direct sightings of Jakubowski should immediately be reported to 911 and general tips or historical information on Jakubowski should be made to 1-800-225-5324.


Updated: 9:20 p.m. April 8, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Rock County Sheriff's Department says they're beefing up patrols around local churches after finding anti-religious views in Jakubowski's manifesto.

They say they are following up on every lead including one that sent a tactical to a residential area of Janesville around 6:20 Saturday night. He was not located.


Updated: 10:20 a.m. April 8, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Rock County Sheriff's Department says the search continues for Joseph Jakubowski.

They say investigators from Chicago, St. Paul and Minneapolis have now joined the search for the suspect. Authorities tell us they've received over 200 leads and are following up on 70 of them.


Updated: 4:05 p.m. April 7, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- The FBI now joins the hunt for a Wisconsin man accused of stealing guns from a Janesville gun shop Tuesday night.

Janesville Police describe Joseph Jakubowski as agitated, dangerous and armed with at least 16 stolen guns.

"The FBI is now offering up to a $10,000 reward for the successful capture and information leading to his arrest," says FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo.

More than 150 officers, deputies and federal agents are now searching for Jakubowski.

"We've made it very clear that every federal resource is available in the interest of public safety and bringing the search for him to a successful conclusion," says Tolomeo.

"We have been working around the clock...coordinating different leads, coordinating different searches," says Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden.

Jakubowski is accused of burglarizing the Armageddon Gun Shop in Janesville Tuesday night and getting 16 high end hand guns and rifles. Thursday morning, investigators say they met with someone who claimed they were an associate of Jakubowski. According to that associate, Jakubowski planned to steal guns and made a vague reference about a school, causing many Wisconsin schools to go on soft lockdown Thursday and close completely Friday. That associate also mentioned a 161 page manifesto Jakubowski allegedly sent to President Trump about his displeasure with government and law enforcement.

Officers say they've had run ins with Jakubowski in the past, but this manifesto has them worried he may be a national threat.

"What we have not seen in the past is his anti-government or terrorist type information," says Rock County Police Chief David Moore.

"He's expressed interest in attacking several different targets and that's our concern nationally," says Tolomeo.

Authorities admit they have no idea where Jakubowski is, but say if he's spotted, do not approach him, instead call the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).


Updated: 10:15 a.m. April 7, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- The search continues for a man considered a "national threat" by law enforcement.

Law enforcement says they found a 161-page manifesto that Joseph Jakubowski sent to President Trump. The manifesto was anti-government and anti-law enforcement, according to investigators. He was reportedly upset about recent political events. Jakubowski was known to officers as he was previously arrested for trying to disarm an officer.

School is closed Friday for Janesville public schools, Rock Prairie Montessori, St. Matthew's Lutheran, St. Paul, St. William, Milton Schools, Orfordville Parkview Schools and UW Rock County.

The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.


Updated: 8:35 p.m. April 6, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- The School District of Janesville has announced classes will not be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 in the interest of health and safety of students and staff.

In a post made on the school district's Facebook page, the district says they made the decision after receiving an update from local law enforcement. This comes after Janesville Police say a man was seen with a rifle near Lincoln Elementary Thursday morning. Students at all 21 Janesville schools spent the day Thursday on soft lockdown.

The district says in addition to classes being cancelled Friday, there will also be no early childhood programs and P4J programs. All Janesville School District clubs and athletics programs for Friday, April 7, 2017 are also cancelled.


Updated: 6:33 p.m. April 6, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- Students at all 21 Janesville schools spent the day on soft lockdown.

"Students and staff are cleared from the hallways and grounds and remain in their classrooms," says Schulte. "Windows and blinds are closed, doors are closed and locked, and instruction continues."

Janesville Police say they recommended the soft lockdown after Tuesday night's Armageddon gun store burglary, and two phone calls from two separate concerned citizens.

The first came yesterday, as investigators say someone said they had information about the Armageddon burglary.

"Within the context of that conversation, there was some suggestion of a school as it related to the weapons that were stolen," says Janesville Police Chief David Moore.

Chief Moore says the information he received was vague. The concerned citizen never mentioned a specific threat or a specific school but after reports of a man with a gun who appeared to be drunk on the grounds of Lincoln Elementary Thursday morning, investigators and the district took action.

"He went to the terrace, picked up what appeared to be a long gun or rifle, put the rifle into his trunk and drove away," says Moore.

Right now investigators won't say if the gun store burglary and the incident at Lincoln are at all related, but they say as a precaution, they're working with Rock County Sheriff's deputies and the school district to keep all students safe.

Janesville Police officers and Rock County Sheriff's deputies were on hand at Janesville schools during dismissal, after school athletics were cancelled and students were not allowed to walk home.

Beloit School District and Beloit Turner School Districts were also on soft lockdown as a precaution. They, along with Janesville School District representatives say they'll speak with law enforcement before making a decision about continuing the soft lockdown tomorrow or closing schools altogether.

Schulte says schools remained open because while the incident involving the man and the gun happened at Lincoln around 7 Thursday morning, they weren't informed until after 8 a.m. She says the district first notified school principals, then parents before the soft lockdown. Any parent who was worried about their child's safety was able to pick them up throughout the day, according to Schulte.


Updated: 10:55 a.m. April 6, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- Janesville Police say a man was seen with a rifle near Lincoln Elementary Thursday morning. They say there is currently no information that ties this incident to the Armageddon Gun Shop Burglary.

Around 7:15 a.m., someone reported seeing a suspicious person near the school on Conde Street. They say the man exited a white, four-door vehicle, stumbled as if he were intoxicated and picked up a long gun from the ground near the north side of the school.

The suspect is described as a white man, 6' tall, thin build, has facial hair and was wearing round glasses.

All Janesville schools are placed on soft lockdown right now. That means that students will stay in the classroom. If the lockdown continues, the school will notify parents about a dismissal plan via the district's messenger system.


JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) - The Rock County Sheriff's Office says they are looking for Joseph A. Jakubowski. Deputies want to question Jakubowski in relation to a robbery at the Armageddon Gun Shop at 2144 W. US 14 in Janesville.

Deputies say the gun shop was robbed around 8:40 Tuesday night. They say a large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen from the shop. Just after 9:00 P.M. a car fire was reported about three miles away on Pennycook Lane. Investigators say it appears that the robbery and arson are connected. Jakubowski is the registered owner of the car.

Thursday morning it was learned that Jakubowski was agitated about political issues and had made threats to steal weapons and use them against public officials or at a school. After that, schools in Janesville were put on lock down.

Jakubowski is considered a suspect in the robbery of the gun shop and arson. Jakubowski. is 5'10" with green eyes and brown hair. If you know where Jakubowski may be call the Sheriff's Office at 608-757-7911.

Search efforts for Jakubowski are aided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and all local law enforcement agencies.