Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect

Posted April 08, 2017

In a press release, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said 32-year-old Joseph A. Jakubowski, is wanted by authorities after a series of incidents that took place on Tuesday.

District Administrator Mark Elworthy said police notified the school district at 1:55 p.m. about an upset parent who meant to visit the middle school, 401 S. Elizabeth St. Schools were locked down.

Jakubowski has had several run-ins with law enforcement over the years.

"I was kind of concerned myself for everybody else around me", Franklin said.

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Law enforcement authorities uncovered a printed copy of the manifesto from an associate of Jakubowski, according to Spoden.

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.

"Here we go guys". Again: there will be no school held on Friday, April 7, 2017.

"Our approach is to be better safe than sorry", Henning said.

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Abby Duoss, a bartender, said, "Everybody was talking about it and people even left the bar because they didn't want to be out after 11 o'clock".

At the news conference Friday, authorities said that they had tracked down more than 65 leads and searched a dozen different locations to find Jakubowski, who they described as armed and "highly unsafe".

UPDATE (WKOW) - The Rock County Sheriff's Office has now identified a man they're considering a unsafe burglary suspect wanted for questioning. Call Janesville police if you see him or know where he is. Joseph Jakubowski, 32, is considered heavily armed and risky, 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".

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