Jakubowski speaks out to News 3 from behind bars

Janesville native sparked nationwide manhunt
Jakubowski speaks out to News 3 from behind bars

The Janesville man who sparked a 10-day manhunt spoke exclusively to News 3 over the phone from behind bars Saturday.

One month ago, 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski was arrested after he was accused of stealing more than a dozen guns from a Janesville gun shop and sending a 161-page manifesto to the president. News 3’s Velena Jones was the only Madison reporter to talk to Jakubowski from behind bars, where he said he was planning it for five months.

“I want the truth,” Jakubowski said. “That’s what I want. I want the government to tell the truth and own up to what it’s doing.”

Jakubowski said he planned to travel to North Dakota and live off the grid and on the land. He added his actions that put schools and churches on high alert was never his intention, and that he hid his weapons for no one to find.

“The only reason why I took so many is because I needed to have variety to go live and survive in the wild,” he said.

When asked whether it was all worth it, Jakubowski said yes.

“I will tell you right now I would do it again if this system does not stop… I’m going to do it again.”