The FBI said Tuesday that it has doubled its reward for information that can help police find Joseph Jakubowski, the allegedly heavily armed fugitive from Janesville who is the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
The reward was doubled from $10,000 to $20,000 for the arrest of Jakubowski, 32, who police said stole a cache of firearms from a Janesville gun shop on April 4, and issued a 161-page anti-government manifesto that threatens attacks against schools and public officials.
According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Jakubowski in Rock County Circuit Court, the 18 firearms Jakubowski took from Armageddon Supply included a fully automatic M16 rifle and at least one other rifle, along with several handguns, some with suppressors.
The complaint, filed with an arrest warrant, charges Jakubowski with burglary, felony theft and possession of burglary tools.
More than 150 law enforcement officers and others are working to find Jakubowski, the FBI said. Anyone with information about Jakubowski is asked to call 911 or the FBI tip line at 800-225-5324.
Police have said after Jakubowski burglarized the gun shop, he set his car on fire and vanished.
According to the complaint:
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Police were called to Armageddon, 2144 Highway 14, about 8:40 p.m., after a burglar alarm sounded. Nobody was found inside the building, but the glass front door was shattered.
A surveillance video revealed Jakubowski broke the glass in the front door and then tried to reach in and unlock the door, but the lock required a key from the inside as well as the outside. After kicking at the door, he dove head first through the glass, then started putting guns in a duffel bag he brought with him, along with several boxes of ammunition.
He was in and out of the shop in four minutes, the complaint states.
Jakubowski’s car, which appeared to have been set ablaze, was found at about 9:07 p.m., about three miles northwest of the gun shop, on West Pennycook Road.
Police contacted Jakubowski’s sister on Thursday. She said he had lived with her but moved out the morning of the burglary. Among the items he left behind, she told police, was a draft of an apology letter to Armageddon’s owner. In the letter, Jakubowski wrote he wanted to buy the guns to protect himself and his family but, because he is a felon, he could not do so.
“The defendant apologized to the gun shop owner for the theft of weapons and thanked the gun shop owner for protecting the Second Amendment rights of the citizens,” the complaint states.