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Cops: Manhunt Suspect Who Sent Manifesto to Trump Found

Joseph Jakubowski is now in custody in Wisconsin
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2017 9:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Wisconsin fugitive who authorities say sent a long-winded, anti-government manifesto to President Trump has been captured, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The announcement that Joseph Jakubowski is now in police custody first came via a tweet Friday morning from the Beloit Police Department that read, "CAPTURED! Awesome work to the men and women who worked this case," along with a picture of the suspect stamped with a giant red "FOUND." A press release explains the Vernon County Sheriff's Office in southwestern Wisconsin got wind Thursday night of a "suspicious person" who was said to be camping on a farmer's land and wouldn't leave when asked. Officers converged on the Readstown location and captured the man without any issues just before 6am Friday; they then were able to ID him as Jakubowski.

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Jakubowski has been the target of a massive manhunt since April 4, when he's believed to have busted into a Janesville weapons store and stolen 18 firearms, after which he allegedly set his car on fire. Authorities feared he might have been planning on carrying out a major violent act against a school or public officials. Per WISN, a letter supposedly written by Jakubowski and received by an Ace Hardware store in Sussex Thursday also suggested there would be violence carried out against churches in Sussex on Easter Sunday. A copy of the manifesto sent to Trump, received by local station WTMJ-TV and publicized in part on Thursday, accused both religion and the government of brainwashing people and cited a wish by Jakubowski to suffer a death on live TV "carried out by the hands of the president," per the Journal Sentinel. (Read more fugitive stories.)

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