Joseph Jakubowski Arrested in Richland County

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears and Richland County Sheriff Jim Bindl reported this (Fri) morning the apprehension of 32-year old Joseph Jakubowski – the wanted fugitive from Rock County.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department received what they considered a credible tip Thursday night at 7:11 PM, indicating Jakubowski was spotted in a remote location off County Road U near the Vernon/Richland County line south of Viola. A perimeter was established and maintained throughout the night by multiple law enforcement agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded. Sniper teams were also deployed and authorities utilized an armored vehicle when the subject was approached. At 6:04 AM this (Fri) morning, Jakubowski was taken into custody without incident. Firearms were located in the area Jakubowski was apprehended. He was transported to the Rock County Jail in Janesville.

Assisting the Vernon and Richland County Sheriff’s Departments during the apprehension this morning were the Sheriff's Departments from Crawford, LaCrosse, and Rock; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin State Patrol; police departments in Readstown, LaFarge, and Richland Center; the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation; the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group; Middleton Fire Department which provided UAV air support; the Readstown EMS; Kickapoo Rescue Squad; and Vernon County Emergency Management.

Richland County Sheriff, Jim Bindl, commented “This is a perfect example of agencies working together to keep the public safe. A group effort that made for a successful outcome to a potentially dangerous situation. ”

The Associated Press reported this (Friday) morning that the property owner who found Joseph Jakubowski says the fugitive was cordial when he confronted him camping on his farm. Jeffrey Gorn said he was driving his 4-wheeler on his property when he spotted a man camping. Gorn says he didn't realize he was the subject of the manhunt. Gorn – a retired high school counselor – says he talked to the man for about an hour and never once felt threatened. He says the man he later learned was Jakubowski was angry with society in general, but never raised his voice. After Gorn returned to his house, he alerted sheriff's officials.

Jakubowski had been on the run since April 4th, when he broke into Armageddon Supplies in Janesville. It's believed he stole 18 guns from the store. The F-B-I had a $20,000 reward out for his arrest. On the same day of the burglary, Jakubowski mailed a 161-page manifesto to President Donald Trump. Jakubowski referred to the government as a "gang of terrorists." He also blamed government regulation for destroying his passion for being an artist.

Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker says his annual Easter egg hunt is back on after Jakubowski was captured today (Fri). Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker said in a statement that the event at the governor's residence will take place on Saturday as originally scheduled. They canceled the egg hunt yesterday (Thursday) citing safety concerns. The Walkers praised law enforcement, saying no one will have to worry over the Easter weekend.