Details on how the manhunt for a WI gun shop burglary suspect ended

More than 100 law enforcement officers were helping search for Joesph Jakubowski.
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Authorities in Wisconsin are providing more details about how Joseph Jakubowski was found.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office, FBI, and other law enforcement offices had been looking for Jakubowski for more than a week, saying he stole firearms from a Janesville gun shop, and mailed a lengthy manifesto to the White House detailing what they called anti-government and anti-religious view.

He was found late Thursday in Readstown, Wisconsin after authorities got a tip from a landowner. He'd been formally charged Tuesday with burglary-related crimes, and was arrested without incident Friday morning.

How he was captured

At a press conference Friday afternoon, law enforcement gave details about what happened.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, an FBI agent said Jakubowski was found at a campsite with four handguns, a rifle, and boxes of ammunition. He also had a sword, a bulletproof vest and helmet, and a copy of his 161-page manifesto.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said Jakubowski was basically living under a tarp, and looked disheveled, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. He had no electronics, which aligned with his claim he wanted to live off the grid, Spoden noted.

As for the guns, authorities claimed he had stolen 18 from Armageddon Gun Shop. Whether investigators know where they all are, an FBI spokesperson declined to give an answer to the State Journal.

The homeowner who spotted him is Jeff Gorn. He spoke to the Associated Press and to Channel 3000 about it. He said he spoke with Jakubowski for about an hour Thursday night without knowing who it was – describing him to the AP as angry about society, but very polite and cordial. He told Jakubowski he could stay on the land for the night, but then had to go, he told Channel 3000.

But when Gorn returned to his house, he was still concerned so he called authorities.

The threats and manifesto

Authorities have said repeatedly Jakubowski didn't make any threats against specific targets. But they describe Jakubowski as “highly agitated” regarding a “variety of political issues,” and say he did talk about using guns against public officials or at an unspecified school.

Worries over the manhunt prompted the governor's office to cancel the annual Saturday Easter Egg hunt, but that's now back on, WBAY reports.

As for the manifesto, the Rock County Sheriff's Office provided a 15-minute video, in which Jakubowski weighs an envelope addressed to the White House to get the correct postage, and puts it in a mailbox. You can watch it here.

"Revolution. It's time for change," Jakubowski says while walking to the mailbox.

And the camera man at one point earlier says: "There he is. You'll never forget this face ever."

TMJ4 obtained part of that manifesto and revealed the details on Thursday, with Jakubowski citing specific details of how he was wronged by the government, which he refers to as a "gang of terrorists," and says health insurance, taxes and religion are examples of the government trying to brainwash citizens.

Readstown, where Jakubowski was found, is about 120 miles from his home town of Janesville. (It's also about 40 miles southeast of La Crosse, so not far from the Minnesota border.) Authorities aren't sure how he got all the way there.

Jakubowski appeared in federal court Friday on charges, and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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