Extra patrols added to area churches Sunday; manhunt suspect expressed ‘anti-religious’ views

Suspicious person also prompts church closing

The Janesville Police Department and Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be adding extra patrols near churches and places of worship Sunday, according to a release.

Police said Janesville man Joseph Jakubowski expressed “anti-religious views” in his 161-page manifesto and, as a precaution, officials have added more patrols as they continue their hunt for him.

Officials said there was not a particular threat to a specific church or religious group.

In a separate incident, a Sun Prairie church will be closing its doors Sunday after police say a suspicious person matching the description of Jakubowski walked in and asked unusual questions.

In a statement, Sun Prairie police said a man entered the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Thursday and asked questions about church services and practices, including inquiries about turning people away.

Sun Prairie police said Sunday afternoon that the suspicious person was not Jakubowski.

Police spokesperson Joseph Hack said the man matched the description of Jakubowski, who is the subject of a manhunt in connection with a gun store burglary and vehicle fire in Janesville . For that reason, the decision was made to cancel church services Sunday.

“We always want to hinge on the side of safety,” Hack said. “If we didn’t and something did happen, it would be a bad look toward our department as well as the church.”

Hack said the church does not have security cameras, so they can not say for certain who the man was.

Sun Prairie police said as the manhunt for Jakubowski continues in Rock County , residents should stay alert and report anything out of the ordinary. Anyone with information on Jakubowski’s location should contact the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Extra patrols added to area churches Sunday; manhunt suspect expressed ‘anti-religious’ views