Fugitive Joseph Jakubowski captured in Vernon County

The Wisconsin man who sent a manifesto to the president earlier this month has been captured, the Beloit (Wis.) Police Department announced via Twitter on Friday. He was taken into custody without incident after a large number of law enforcement officers surrounded him.

Police in Wisconsin captured Joseph Jakubowski on a farm in southern Wisconsin Friday morning after a 10-day manhunt, according to NBC.

According to authorities in Vernon, Richland and Rock Counties, the Vernon County Sheriff's Office received a report of someone suspicious on a farmer's property on Estes Road near Readstown at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police said they wanted to find Jakubowski over fears he may be planning an attack of some kind, and more than 150 members of law enforcement fanned out in search of him.

Jakubowski allegedly sent a 161-page manifesto to President Donald Trump after the gun store robbery.

Gorn told The Associated Press he was driving his four-wheeler on his property late Thursday night and checking his deer stands when he spotted a blue tarp and discovered a man camping on his land.

They also wouldn't talk about the possibility of other suspects or explain how Jakubowski traveled about 120 miles from the site of the gun shop theft to the campsite.

The case began April 4 in Janesville, 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee, where the fugitive allegedly stole arms from a gun shop.

Investigators said they analyzed the manifesto and discovered grievances focusing on several topics but no specific threat to any group. After that, authorities felt comfortable based on the description to establish a perimeter, officials said.

Dozens of federal, state and local officers have been searching for Joseph Jakubowski since April 4 when authorities say he broke into a gun store near Janesville and stole 18 firearms and mailed a threatening manifesto to the White House.

He sent a manifesto to the president railing against the government, police, and religion.

By last Friday, Janesville public and private schools had closed at additional law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service had arrived in town to assist with the investigation.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker has canceled his annual Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday while Jakubowski remains at large.

  • Larry Hoffman