Schools close as manhunt continues for gun theft suspect

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said Friday that the suspect, 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski, also sent an anti-government manifesto to the White House.

They say a large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen from the shop.

The vehicle is registered to a Janesville man, Joseph Jakubowksi.

Schools in Janesville (WI) were placed under a soft lockdown this morning after police contacted Janesville Public Schools to alert them of a potential threat.

University of Wisconsin-Rock County and Blackhawk Technical College also are closed for the day. Friends told investigators from the Rock County Sheriff's Department that Jakubowski made a series of politically-related threats, and said he was going to steal weapons and attack schools.

On Thursday, someone reported seeing a man with a rifle outside a Janesville elementary school. As a precaution to student safety, area schools had been notified of the search. Jakubowski also made specific threats to schools.


Authorities say that information was received into the Rock County Sheriff's Office that he was agitated by recent political issues.

"This manifesto has been evaluated by experts within the FBI's behavioral analysis unit to better understand his mindset and locate investigative leads or evidence", Spoden said. The man seeing picking up the gun doesn't match Jakubowski's description.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and all local law enforcement agencies are working to locate Jakubowksi. "There it is, you can see it's getting shipped".

"A soft lockdown means that students and staff are cleared from the hallways and grounds and remain in their classrooms. windows and blinds are closed, doors are closed and locked", explained Janesville Superintendent Karen Schulte.

At 1:50 p.m., the Whitewater Police Department responded to the area of Whitewater Middle School regarding a subject reportedly with a weapon in his waistband.


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