Man reportedly seen near Whitewater school with weapon taken into custody

Apr 08, 2017, 07:28
Man reportedly seen near Whitewater school with weapon taken into custody

Joseph Jakubowski, 32, is considered heavily armed and unsafe, and while he's had previous encounters with police in Janesville, Police Chief David Moore said his virulent anti-government rhetoric "is a new element for all of us."Oh, and Jakubowski has reportedly acquired a helmet and bullet proof vest".

"He had been making some threats to steal weapons and use them as a result of his irritation", said Troy Knudson with the sheriff's office.

Spoden said police had found a 161-page manifesto that Jakubowski had allegedly written and sent to Trump at the White House. Elworthy stressed that the concern was not related to the Janesville gun store robbery and manhunt.

Jakubowski is believed to be armed and unsafe. Authorities say the fire and the burglary are connected.

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Public schools in Janesville and Milton have canceled classes and other districts are keeping schools in soft lockdown as law enforcement officers comb Rock County for a man considered armed and risky. Jakubowski included a long laundry list of what he believed were injustices by law enforcement and govermental departments and expressed his dislike of any authority figures, Spoden said.

"What we have not seen in the past is the anti-government rhetoric", Janesville police chief David Moore said.

The FBI, ATF, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and local law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation.

There are no viable threats to the school or staff. The sheriff's office assigned deputies to several schools in Rock County as students were sent home for the day, including at Rock County Christian School, Montessori and Parkview.

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - The Rock County Sheriff's Office says Joseph Jakubowski is still at large and has not been taken into custody as of Friday morning.

During a press conference this morning at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said law enforcement officers believe Jakubowski has a bulletproof vest and helmet.

Officials say they have 150 local, state, and federal officials working the case.

Whitewater schools were on lockdown Friday afternoon after a man was seen near the middle school, reportedly with a weapon.

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If you have information on the crime or the person in this photo, please call Janesville Police at 755-3100.

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