Sheriff: Jakubowski’s call for revolution backfired
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Fugitive Joseph Jakubowski was found Friday morning at a primitive campsite under a tarp with weapons and ballistic armor, authorities said Friday afternoon.
During a news conference in Janesville, officials said 32-year-old Jakubowski was found in a makeshift camp on a hill in a remote wooded area on the Vernon and Richland county line at about 6 a.m.
Janesville police Chief David Moore said the peaceful end to Jakubowski’s run from authorities could’ve ended much differently.
“Make no mistake: What could have happened here was a mass shooting. That was our concern,” Moore said. “We were fortunate to know of his very involved plan and his prompt disappearance afterward. So all of this alerted us that we needed a very quick and thorough investigation. And it ended just as we had anticipated and how we had hoped.”
Jakubowski is wanted in connection with the burglary April 4 at Armageddon, a gun shop in Janesville. Jakubowski’s vehicle was found on fire less than a half-hour after the burglary, officials said. He’s also made threats to schools, law enforcement and government, police say. A nationwide, multiagency manhunt was launched last week to find Jakubowski, and area schools, churches and government buildings have taken extra safety precautions.
The landowner who called police about Jakubowski found him to the left of the trees pictured here.
About 60-70 law enforcement officials were at the remote scene when Jakubowski was taken into custody, Milwaukee-based special agent Justin Tolomeo said.
Sheriff Robert Spoden said Jakubowski looked disheveled and appeared as if he hadn’t slept in some time when he was captured. Found along with the suspect were four handguns, one long gun, multiple boxes of ammunition, a samurai-like sword, helmet, ballistic vest and containers of flammable liquids.
Spoden said a sometimes rambling 161-page anti-government manifesto that called for revolution backfired.
“What I find unique about this was that he … called for a revolution and for the masses to rise up, and for those who he felt were enslaved to free themselves, as he put it,” Spoden said. “But quite honestly, the opposite effect happened. He brought the country together, he brought our community together, and instead of creating a revolution, what he did is he helped improve the trust and, I would say, the overall attitude toward law enforcement in a very positive light.”
Jakubowski was in federal court Friday afternoon in Madison on suspicion of stealing firearms and silencers from a federally licensed firearms dealer. He will be held in Rock County until April 25, when he’ll be formally arraigned. Other charges are possible. A secret grand jury will convene on Wednesday. It appeared Jakubowski hadn’t altered his appearance much from the mug shot that was used on wanted posters.
If convicted on the federal charge, Jakubowski faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.
Twenty-six law enforcement agencies, including 250 officers, worked together during the 10-day search to find Jakubowski.
Tolomeo said it wasn’t yet determined Friday if the man who called police about Jakubowski on his property would receive the FBI’s $20,000 reward attached to the capture.
He’s also facing state charges in Rock County, including burglary with a dangerous weapon.
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