Urgent Wisconsin Manhunt After Theft of Guns

By Faye Higbee

Janesville, Wisconsin – The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for capturing the suspect in a gun theft from Armageddon Gun Store on Tuesday. Joseph Jakubowski, 32, is wanted in connection with the theft, as well as sending a written manifesto to Trump, and threatening public officials and schools. Police advise that he has acquired a tactical vest and helmet.

Surveillance photo of suspect

Gun theft

Police were called to the Armageddon gun store at about 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday. When they arrived, they found the front door smashed in, and 16 “high end” firearms missing, one of which was described as an “automatic weapon.”  Authorities did not disclose how much ammunition was taken in the burglary.

Police found a burned out car registered to Jakubowski  on a rural road not far from the gun store.

They also learned that he had sent a 161 page manifesto to President Trump, that “expressed an interest” in harming public officials and attacking schools. Several schools and two colleges cancelled classes on Friday due to the situation. Because he may have left Wisconsin, the manhunt is now considered national.


The Chicago Tribune reported,

A manhunt was underway Friday for a man suspected of stealing firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun store, threatening an unspecified attack that prompted several schools to close, and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump.

More than 150 law enforcement officers were searching for 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski, said Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden. 

According to the GazetteExtra, the SWAT team was deployed on Friday afternoon to an abandoned home not far from where Jakubowski once lived. Searchers found nothing and left with no one in custody.

Anti-government manifesto

The manifesto was sent to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, and they are currently pouring over the document to see if they can determine the mindset of the suspect, and find some leads.

“When you look at the document that he wrote, it’s really a long laundry list of injustices he believes that the government and society and the upper class have put forth onto the rest of the citizens.” Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden

Joseph Jakubowski is described as a white man, 5’10” tall, with green eyes and brown hair.