Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect

Jakubowski was allegedly seen early Thursday near Lincoln Elementary School in Janesville stumbling out of a vehicle and picking up a rifle, according to Janesville police.

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

"He had been making some threats to steal weapons and use them as a result of his irritation", said Troy Knudson with the sheriff's office.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said Jakubowski has recently been "highly agitated by national politics", the Janesville Gazette reported.

Video posted on Facebook appears to the show the Janesville man who is the subject of an intense manhunt mailing his "manifesto" to President Donald Trump. They say Jakubowski is a gun-theft suspect who is armed and unsafe.

All schools in the Janesville School District will be closed Friday and after school activities and sports will be canceled following a robbery at a gun store in Janesville. Jakubowski included a long laundry list of what he believed were injustices by law enforcement and govermental departments and expressed his dislike of any authority figures, Spoden said.

"There was one specific case where he tried to disarm a police officer", said Moore.

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. The lockdown comes after authorities received word of Jakubowski threatening local schools.

"I can tell you that we don't know where Mr. Jakubowski is", Sheriff Moore said. Spoden said more than 150 law enforcement officers were now engaged in an urgent nationwide manhunt for Jakubowski.

U-W Rock County and several other private schools in the area are also closed.

Spoden said police were looking into 65 leads and had searched a dozen locations.

If you have information on the crime or the person in this photo, please call Janesville Police at 755-3100.

  • Archie Newman