Police chief, sheriff urge Jakubowski to turn himself in
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Authorities working on the nationwide search of suspected gun thief and arsonist Joseph Jakubowski say the concerns about safety at Rock County area schools has been greatly reduced as they continue to analyze a lengthy document handwritten by Jakubowski.
Jakubowski, 32, is wanted in connection with the burglary and theft April 4 of multiple firearms from Armageddon Supplies, a gun and ammunition store in Janesville, and the arson nearby of a vehicle registered to him less than 30 minutes later.
Police released an image Thursday night of Jakubowski’s new right arm tattoo that they believe is covering up a previously-reported “BOY” tattoo.
At a news conference in Janesville Thursday afternoon, police Chief David Moore said an arrest was made in connection with a report of a person picking up a rifle outside Lincoln Elementary School. He said it “strongly appears” the incident outside Lincoln school has nothing to do with the Jakubowski investigation.
In a news release Thursday night, police said they have now received 785 tips, and investigators are actively following up on 158 of them.
“I hope that this information gives some comfort to our communities,” Moore said. “It certainly will give some comfort to our schools, because these appear to be two separate incidents that unfortunately happened on the same day.”
Moore said that incident had initially elevated police concern about school safety on April 6, as police were also investigating the Armageddon gun shop burglary. Police said an associate of Jakubowski had mentioned Jakubowski had made a general comment threatening schools.
Police said investigators are continuing to analyze Jakubowski’s 161-page manifesto, which expresses Jakubowski’s grievances against police, government and religion, and isn’t focused on schools.
“While he has these anti-religious feelings there is no threat, no specific threat of violence or any type of religion or location but we know he has this general distrust and dislike of religion which is concerning,” Janesville police Chief David Moore said.
Authorities said Jakubowski’s manifesto is largely focused on his strong dislike for police and religion. He also believes society is being oppressed and altered by those two entities. Authorities said they don’t know how many people may have received a copy of the manifesto.
Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said the lengthy manifesto is not always easy to understand and often rambling.
“There is a great deal of anger toward government and society as a whole toward what he believes is an unfairness to the masse. He speaks of the police being used to keep average citizens enslaved…he feels like the politicians and those in power have abused their power and that religion is bad and is used to gain financial gain,” Spoden said.
Moore said the details in those documents do not focus on local issues but point to a larger federal concern.
Moore and Spoden encouraged Jakubowski to turn himself in, saying no one has been injured so far, and a peaceful resolution is still possible.
Authorities have increased security around the Rock County Courthouse, UW-Rock County, and Blackhawk Technical College. They also plan to increase patrols around churches in Janesville for the upcoming Easter holiday.
Authorities said Thursday that they’re not releasing the manifesto to media.
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