Joseph Jakubowski: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

joseph jakubowski

Joseph Jakubowski. (Rock County Sheriff’s Department)

A Janesville, Wisconsin man accused of sending Donald Trump a 161-page anti-government and anti-religious manifesto has been captured in western Wisconsin, CBS News reports.

What’s adding extra alarm: Joseph Jakubowski, 32, is armed with at least 16 weapons, police say, including assault rifles. Those are guns he’s accused of stealing from a gun store, and he disappeared after the heist and after cryptically promising “revolution” on video.

WTMJ-4 in Milwaukee has posted the full manifesto. You can read it here.

“In communications prior to his disappearance, Jakubowski also allegedly made reference to his dying by the hand of Trump and expressed a desire to save everyone by taking out one politician at a time,” ABC News reports.

No one knows where Jakubowski is (the FBI has joined the manhunt), but some schools and a church have taken no chances and closed their doors, as authorities say Jakubowski, a felon, could be anywhere. No one knows whether he intends to act on the political comments he’s made, but after the gun store burglary, authorities are taking no chances. Jakubowski was criminally charged on April 11 with stealing at least 18 weapons.

Sheriff’s officials released a photo they said shows what Jakubowski might look like without hair because they think he might be camouflaging his appearance. There is now a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

joseph jakubowski

A former FBI official described Jakubowski to NBC News as a “ticking time bomb.” The sheriff said authorities are worried that Jakubowski has some kind of “end game.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Jakubowski Is Accused of Burglarizing the Gun Store Called ‘Armageddon’ & His Own Stepfather Said He is a Threat to Police

joseph jakubowski, joseph jakubowski photo

Photo taken on 4/4/17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mobil Gas Station, 1215 Milton Avenue, Janesville, WI.  Police say it’s of Joseph Jakubowski. (Rock County Sheriff’s Department)

The name of the gun store officials say Jakubowski burglarized is fitting in light of his alleged ramblings about revolution: It’s called Armageddon.

Authorities accuse Jakubowski of burglarizing the Armageddon Gun Shop on April 4, 2017 right before he disappeared.

“A large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen and the suspect fled the scene,” the Sheriff’s Department in Rock County, Wisconsin said in a statement. The criminal complaint alleges that Jakubowski moved out of the home he shared with his sister the day of the gun store burglary, and she found a letter of apology he wrote to its owner, which said “that he wanted to purchase the guns in order to protect himself and his family, but could not do so because he was a felon, according to the complaint. The suspect then apologized for the thefts and thanked the gun shop owner for protecting Second Amendment rights.”

Before identifying the burglar as allegedly being Jakubowski, the Sheriff’s Department released photos from the heist.

The Rock County, Wisconsin Sheriff wrote on Facebook that Jakubowski should be considered, “armed and dangerous.” According to The Janesville Gazette, authorities say they also “have learned Jakubowski bought a bullet-resistant vest and helmet.”

“We continue to actively seek any tips or information related to Jakubowski. Direct sightings should be immediately reported to “911” and general tips or historical information should be directed to 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324),” the sheriff said.

Jakubowski’s own stepfather, Don McLean, told WTMJ-TV that Jakubowski cast blame on police and the government and had been that way for years. McLean told the Milwaukee television station that he “would not want to wear a badge until this thing is over” and the family, which hadn’t talked to Jakubowski for two years, hopes he surrenders.

Here’s video of the outside of the gun store:

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading up to his arrest. On April 10, the Sheriff’s Department released photos of Jakubowski’s tattoos to spur tips. “Investigators have also released photographs that were taken in 2014 of tattoos that Jakubowski has. These are provided to assist with identifying Jakubowski should he be sighted,” the sheriff wrote.

One woman alleged on Facebook that Jakubowski showed children how to make bombs when he was young.

“I grew up with him as a kid, he was always made fun of and picked on. He also showed us as young kids to make bombs.. he was always a strange kid,” she wrote.

That woman, Crystal Duran, explained more to Heavy in an interview, saying, “Well it was something that happened when we were small maybe between the ages of 10 or 12? But we grew up on and around Washington st in Janesville. He always got picked on when he was younger, beat up at school. But one thing that always stuck out about him was him making that bomb and teaching us how to do it.. which included a bottle, chemicals and tin foil and those would make a pretty crazy explosion .. even doing it one time at that park on Washington and sand blew up into a small child’s face.”

She expressed shock at what was going on now but lost touch with him since childhood. “It’s pretty crazy to wake up one day and to even think this would be the person he turned out to be… I just hope they find him; he definitely needs help.”

2. Jakubowski Is Accused of Writing a 161-Page Manifesto to Trump & Threatening to Shoot up Schools After Talking About ‘Revolution’

joseph jakubowski

(Rock County Sheriff’s Department)

On April 6, two days after the gun store burglary, police received information that Jakubowski “has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues,” the Rock County Sheriff’s Department said. “It was further reported that he had made threats to steal weapons and to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school.”

The Sheriff’s Department says that Jakubowski wrote a 161-page manifesto and mailed it to President Trump on April 4, 2017. It “includes grievances against government and personal angst towards anyone or anything other than natural law or rule,” said the Sheriff’s Department in the statements.

Authorities released a video they say is of Jakubowski at the post office mailing the manifesto. According to The Janesville Gazette, the Sheriff said: “When you look at the (manifesto), it is a laundry list of injustices he believes government and society and the upper class have put … onto the rest of the citizens. He believes that the government, and law enforcement in particular, are acting as terrorists and are enslaving the people and creating this environment that he finds unacceptable.”

The first few minutes of the 15-minute video are black but you can hear talking. Then, you see a man police say is Jakubowski in the post office. He holds up an envelope with Trump’s name on it for the camera. Another man can be heard interacting with Jakubowski during the video. It’s not clear who he is. Some of the video simply shows the buying of postage.

“Revolution,” the man police say is Jakubowski says toward the end of the video as he walks through the parking lot. “It’s time for change.”

The other person recording the video says, “It’s D Day. Today is the day. So remember this face.”

joseph jakubowski

A frame from the video.

The man identified as Jakubowski by police then says, “Game time. F- the system.”

ABC News reports that, according to the sheriff, Jakubowski’s anger in the manifesto is directed largely at authority and government in general. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the sheriff says Jakubowski allegedly “recently mentioned a plan to steal guns and use them to conduct an unspecified attack.”

Jakubowski didn’t have much of a Facebook presence; he only had 21 friends, and he followed a site focused on the hacktivist collective Anonymous. Although police said his manifesto contained anti-religion ramblings, he recently posted this photo on Facebook:

joseph jakubowski

Joseph Jakubowski Facebook post.

“Let the darkness tremble, for I am a warrior,” read one post that Jakubowski shared.

Some of his Facebook friends were local, but others seem to share extreme anti government views and live in other states. One of his Facebook friends implored him to “get that puppet”:

Little else is on Jakubowski’s public page. He did post a comment on a friend’s post about a police chief trying to reimagine a criminal justice system that “strives to put itself out of business,” writing, “Drop the badge and get out if (sic) the system…if he made that choice I would fight at his side.”

One of Jakubowski’s Facebook friends wrote that he had been visited by authorities and insisted to them, “he is one of the good guys trying to save kids from you guys… the government… and that as far as I am concerned pigs protect pedophiles.”

3. More than 100 Law Enforcement Officers Are Searching for Jakubowski, Whose Car Was Found Burned

joseph jakubowski, joseph jakubowski photos

The Rock County Sheriff’s Department wrote of this photo, “This is Joseph A. Jakubowski’s vehicle that was found burned on 04/04/17 at 9:07 PM on Pennycook Lane a short distance away from the location of the Armageddon Gun Shop burglary.”

Compounding the concern – and adding a layer of mystery – is the fact that Jakubowski’s car was found burned and abandoned after the gun store robbery, and authorities say they don’t know why.

The Rock County Sheriff’s office said a massive manhunt has been launched to find Jakubowski. A tactical team searched his former home to no avail:

At 9:07 p.m. on April 4, “a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane, a short distance away” from the gun store burglary, authorities say. “At that scene was evidence of arson and it appears that the burglary and vehicle arson events are connected,” the Sheriff’s Department said. It’s not clear why the car was burned.

The registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fire is Joseph A. Jakubowski, whose last known address was in Janesville, Wisconsin, according to Sheriff’s officials, who described him as “being 5’10” tall with green eyes and brown hair. Mr. Jakubowski is considered a suspect in both incidents and is currently wanted by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.”

The manhunt involves all levels of law enforcement.

“Staffing levels for investigators continue to be in the range of one hundred and fifty local, state and federal law enforcement officers and support personnel,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote in a statement.

“Additionally, federal authorities are using their resources to investigate any leads that may be developed outside of this local area. Currently, investigators have followed up on approximately three hundred and twenty tips and leads and still have approximately fifty that need to be resolved.”

4. Jakubowski Has a Lengthy Criminal History That Includes Trying to Disarm a Police Officer

joseph jakubowski

Another surveillance photo of Jakubowski released by the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Wisconsin court records, Jakubowski has had a lot of contact with law enforcement. He has an extremely long list of traffic violations that take up pages on the court website. He was cited for disorderly conduct in 2014.

This is only the first page of his criminal history on the Wisconsin court records site; “TR” cases are traffic cases:

He hasn’t been in serious trouble with the law since 2008. However, that year he was convicted of a felony for disarming a peace officer and misdemeanor bail jumping, according to the court records. He received probation. The criminal complaint says “Jakubowski repeatedly pulled on an officer’s holstered sidearm during a fight,” according to The Janesville Gazette.

In 2008, he was convicted of misdemeanor battery. The court records say the case was domestic violence related, and Jakubowski stood “mute” at his initial appearance.

He was also convicted of battery in 2003 as well as felony marijuana dealing and a charge of maintaining a drug house was dismissed but read in at sentencing, court records show. In 2001, he was convicted of resisting an officer and battery.

In one case, the judge ordered Jakubowski to take “all Prescribed Medications,” court records show. He also paid a fine for a criminal traffic case for operating after revocation of his driver’s license, third offense.

One man wrote on Facebook, “Based on all the other repetitive violations this guy has made why is he still NOT in a prison?”

5. A Church in the Area Closed After Seeing a Person Who Looked Like Jakubowski & He Worked as a Roofer

joseph jakubowski

(Rock County Sheriff’s Department)

The Wisconsin community is on edge, as possible sightings of Jakubowski occur. The Rock County Sheriff’s Department wrote that authorities are concerned about the safety of churches in particular.

“As a result of anti-religion sentiment depicted in Jakubowski’s manifesto, local law enforcement has increased patrols at churches within their jurisdictions. No disturbances have been reported at any local church,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

“However, law enforcement did receive a suspicious circumstance report near St. Mary’s Church, on East Wall Street in Janesville. A male subject was reported to be placing weapons into the trunk of a vehicle there. Local law enforcement, supplemented by tactical resources responded and made contact with a resident who lived near there. The resident explained that he was preparing to go target shooting. A tactical team conducted a consent search of his residence in the 400 block of Wall Street and his story was verified.”

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, closed on April 9 as a result of the manhunt. “It was previously reported that a suspicious subject who looked similar to Jakubowski had stopped by the church on Thursday and that was reported as the primary reason for the cancellation of their religious services today. Investigators have not been able to verify if the suspicious person from Thursday was actually Jakubowski,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

Jakubowski appears to have a history as a roofer – when he worked.

A man on Facebook wrote of Jakubowski, “the hardest worker ive ever seen lay a roof and the best roofer i know.” The Janesville Gazette reported he was unemployed and had worked retail jobs. A woman wrote on Facebook, “Joe was my first boyfriend ever my high school love…he was not a bad or weird person…something happened to him and he snapped…i pray he doesnt do anything stupid.”





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



Not totally true . . . ANY state could have a nut job like this . . . but, to some degree, you are right, in that some states are more likely to have more than their fair share . . . don’t know if it’s a coincidence, or of significance that he’s from Paul Ryan’s hometown.


Well, it looks like the leftists have stopped threatening wis gov walker and his wife and now have moved on dot org to washington DC.

Craig S.

Leftists?? That’s extremely unlikely. I’ll bet your next Swanson’s Hungry Man that you’re wrong.

“The Sheriff’s Department says that Jakubowski wrote a 161-page manifesto and mailed it to President Trump on April 4, 2017. It “includes grievances against government and personal angst towards anyone or anything other than natural law or rule…”

The guy is a fan of “natural law” – that right there pretty much narrows him down to being someone on the right side of the spectrum. Natural law is a constant obsession and fixation of right-wing ideologies and their b.s.-spewing websites. This guy is almost certainly pissed at Trump for (get this!) not being right-wing ENOUGH for him. Because, you know, he can’t drive as fast as he wants to drive (actually, that might explain some/all of his traffic violations – “Big Government isn’t gonna tell me what to do!!”) or that he has to have a license to drive in the first place.

He might be anti-religious but that doesn’t fix him to the left, by any means. People from all over the political spectrum have beefs with religion these days. Who knows, maybe a priest or minister diddled him when he was a kid??? His background story sounds pretty tragic, based on the hints already out there…..


How many right-wingers out there rant about “one percenters”, and hate law enforcement officers? Yeah, that’s right – not that many. I’d say he’s definitely a leftist, and most likely a Bernie Sanders supporter.


Definitely not a Bernie supporter. Democratic Socialists don’t want or condone this type of violence. I’d bet my savings on him being a libertarian.


I guy wrote in and said he is from the same area. He says he is well know with his ranting and, yes, he is a Bernie supporter


Oh right, Sara . . . throughout Bernie’s campaign there were calls for guns and violent overthrow–NOT. Get real . . . this is just another angry, white, failed, can’-t-get-a-girlfriend, or keep-a-job male who wants to blame everyone but himself for his miserable, failed life. Washington DC’s Whiner-in-Chief hateful rants have only poured gasoline on such people like Jakubowski and their victim rage.

Charles Smith

If you want hate filled rants that are pouring gas on the flames, and stirring up individuals, you need look no further than the media and the way it is talking about Trump. Trump on the other hand is going about doing his job and helping to Make America Great Again.


Tommy, you live in Fantasyland. Legitimate data, e.g., FBI and other similar data, show that these types are overwhelmingly anti-government right-wingers. Similar to Timothy McVeigh, and those that attack abortion clinics. Of course, maybe you are one of those anti-government types too, i. e., you don’t believe in government data, or the FBI’s legitimacy.
It was only a matter of time before an individual like this surfaced; Trump’s message of hate provided license for him to do so.


In case ya’ missed it Tommy, the story said schools and churches were shutting down . . . the right;s history is riff with violence against authority, from the Nevada/Oregon federal land use ranchers in Oregon that threatened Federal authorities with violence to David Koresh who let children burn to death, and Tim McVeigh who stated his primary motivator for his Oklahoma City bombing was the government’s handling of “Waco.” Always cracks me up that SO MANY “red states” are so financially dependent on the government, and so many blue states are not, but the red states harbor those of Jakubowski and his ilk.


Yeah ok like california isnt totally dependent on the federal money or zoo york for that matter


California gets back slightly less than $1 of federal services for every dollar that California pay in federal income tax, the rest goes to government welfare for other states. Check out the site for details, they employee real statisticians at that site, and they don’t seem to be beholden to any rightwing-leftwing dichotomy.


Stop pulling things out of your ass, it stinks. California and New York are both considered donor states. They more to the fed gov than they get back.


Sorry to break your left-wing bubble, but the left is as capable of committing violence as the right, and the recent political violence has mainly come from the left. If you go to look this guy’s FB page, you will see that most of his friends appear to be far-left/anti-Trump anarchists. That itself tells you that he’s a leftist.

Uriah Wynn

Natural Law is definitely a right-wing ideology. This guy is a righty for sure.

I’ve known lots of righties who ranted against one percenters and hated cops. By definition, every time a righty threatens “Second Amendment solutions” because a Republican lost an election, he’s fantasizing about killing our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and LEOs. That’s what a “Second Amendment solution” is by definition, because it will be our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and LEOs fighting against the terrorist thug animals who think losing an election means they get to shoot anyone they want.


Your reasoning makes no sense. Natural Law requires a belief in God to supplant the authority of Government. This guy is an atheist. Also, a Second Amendment solution has nothing to do with killing. It’s that many Democrats are also in favor of the Second Amendment, and use it as one of the principle reasons to vote for a candidate. Republican candidates can win more votes late in the game, by appearing to be strong on the second amendment and forcing their opponent to push for gun control measures.


Wait what? natural law requires belief in God? LOL – you’re a special kind of retard indeed. Please cut your dick off so you don.t spread into the gene pool. Thanks bye.


In your dreams, G, in your dreams! Just another Tim McVeigh!


poor kid, have to go all the way back into the 1990s to find some white ‘right wing’ person to fill your stereotype.
He’s from WI. Look at all the death threats, vandalism, violence by the leftist democrats. You can find it on youtube if your not from WI.
If you re from WI, then you’re a leftist liar.
And no, it’s not the tea party people out doing acts of violence, vandalism, and arson against “the system”. It’s the leftists. And like obama says, he’s proud of the black lives matter and violence. That’s why he and eric holder siphoned off literally hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and gave it to la raza, black lives matter, and other radical leftist groups.

the leftists have always “owned the streets”, going back to when they took control of russia in 1918 and when they took control of germany in the 1930s to turn it into leftist nazi germany.


Leftist Nazi Germany?! Did you seriously just call the most right wing society in the history of modern humanity leftist? You people are destroying this country with your 2 party partisan bullshit. If we cant come together to condemn psycopaths bent on violence we will never accomplish anything

Another Anonymous

Yes, more like a Breitbart and Bannon fan. Certainly not to the left. Anonymous doesn’t know the meat from the potatoes in his Hungry Man. No surprise there.


Hahaha mentally ill is a right wing tendency, sorry


Anonymous @ 1:27 pm . . . What Wikipedia are you referencing–Trump University’s copy?!?!? LMAO!!!!


The blzbretbart. Oh yeah……..and this dudes comments proves your comment….nope…you are 180 degrees from the Truth. Fac Jac.


I can’t wait until ISIS cuts your head off with all the other stupid bleeding heart liberals.


@4:08 pm– you sound just like Jakubowski . . . are you sure you’re not HIM??? Violent killing fantasies–sure makes one wonder!!!


Are you implying violence or harm against the President of the United States of America? That shows very dizzying intellect. I hope you are investigated. Dumbass.


No. he’s EVIL. He knows what he’s doing is wrong, and justifies it with his hate.


Whoa, Anonymous @ 12:01 a.m. . . . you’ve been drinkin’ the Kool Aid for a long, long time, huh? Sad, dude, sad!

Discuss on Facebook