Wisconsin Fugitive Joseph Jakubowski, Who Allegedly Mailed Manifesto to Trump, Is Captured

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The Easter egg hunt is back on!

A Wisconsin man accused of stealing guns and writing a 161-page anti-government manifesto to President Trump is in custody, authorities say.

Joseph Jakubowski is accused of stealing 18 guns from a store near Janesville on April 4.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Jakubowski was captured without incident around 6 a.m. Friday near Readstown, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin property owner who found Jakubowski says the fugitive was cordial when he confronted him camping on his farm. Jeffrey Gorn tells The Associated Press he was driving his four-wheeler on his property when he spotted him.

Gov. Scott Walker says his annual Easter egg hunt is back on after a man accused of mailing an anti-government manifesto to the White House and stealing 18 guns from a Wisconsin store was captured without incident. They canceled the egg hunt Thursday, citing safety concerns, as authorities searched for Joseph Jakubowski, who had been on the run since April 4.

More than 150 local, state and federal law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski, whom authorities suspected of stealing at least 16 high-end firearms April 4 from a gun shop in Janesville, a town not far from Wisconsin’s southern border. Police said he had also written a 161-page antigovernment and anti-religion manifesto, which he apparently mailed to President Trump at the White House.

About 6 a.m. Friday, officers approached Jakubowski and took him into custody without incident, authorities said; he will be taken back to Rock County to face charges.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said during a news conference April 7 that investigators determined Jakubowski had been “highly agitated by national politics.” Authorities said in a statement that his 161-page manifesto included “grievances against government and personal angst towards anyone or anything other than natural law or rule.”

The FBI has evaluated his manifesto “to better understand his mindset,” Spoden said.

“It’s really a long, laundry list of injustices that he believes the government and society and the upper class have put forward on the rest of the citizens,” Spoden told reporters about the document. “So there’s really nothing specific where he’s saying, ‘I was wronged in this way’ or ‘I was wronged in that way.’ It’s just an overview that he feels that the government, and law enforcement in particular, are acting as terrorists and are enslaving the people and creating this environment that he finds unacceptable.”


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