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CAPTURED: Manhunt suspect, Joseph Jakubowski, has been caught

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Janesville (WKOW) - Authorities say captured fugitive Joseph Jakubowski wanted to "get off the grid," and was living in a primitive camp set up in Vernon County before his capture early Friday morning.

FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said during a Janesville news conference that Jakubowski was found under a tarp, with several guns, a samurai sword, a helmet, and flammable substances.

Tolomeo says a tip from a farmer who encountered Jakubowski on his property and reported his presence to police was "very helpful," but authorities declined to comment on whether they tracked Jakubowski to the rural area after his disappearance from Janesville last week.

Authorities say the 32-year-old fugitive stole a cache of weapons after he mailed a 161-page anti-government manifesto to President Trump.  Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden says it is believed Jakubowski distributed 25 additional copies people, some apparently out of state.  Spoden says Jakubowski's writings called for "revolution."

Spoden says Jakubowski was taken into custody without anyone being hurt.  He says his condition reflected someone who had not slept and was living primitively.

Tolomeo say not all the firearms Jakubowski allegedly stole from a Janesville gun store were with him in Vernon County.

Tolomeo says Jakubowski faces federal weapons charges, and possibly other charges.  He also faces felony charges in state court in connection with the Janesville burglary.

A nationwide manhunt started for Jakubowski last week.  Tolomeo says approximatelty sixty law enforcement officers were involved in Friday's capture of Jakubowski.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- "We would like to say this is a Good Friday in more than one way," said Sheriff John Spears of Vernon County.  "We would like to report that the fugitive [who] has been sought in a nationwide manhunt for the last week and a half, Joseph Jakubowski, has been apprehended."

In a joint news conference, Spears and Sheriff James Bindl of Richland County explained that a tip Thursday night a little after 7:00 led 13 departments and 120-125 law enforcement officers to establish a perimeter at the Vernon and Richland County border in the area of Viola and Readstown, to capture fugitive Joseph Jakubowski.  They secured 150 acres before bear cats made initial contact with the suspect.  

"He gave up without any resistance and was taken into custody," said Sheriff Spears.  "He gave up peacefully.  Again there was an overwhelming force there.  I think he understood what he was facing, so he gave up peacefully."

No law enforcement officers were hurt.  "I for one did not think it was going to end this way this morning," said Sheriff Spears.  "I expected Mr. Jakubowski to get into a shootout with law enforcement.  Based on his threats and the videos we've seen, I really expected him not to give up."

Sheriff Spears and Sheriff Bindl say Jakubowski was captured just over the Richland County line.  They added that he was in good condition.  

The capture started with a tip from a witness who Spears and Bindl said talked to Jakubowski for more than an hour.  They would not comment as to what the conversation was about.  "There was information given right away [from the witness] that looked good and sounded good.  And the witness was instructed to go online because he had not seen a picture of Mr. Jakubowski. Once he saw the pictures that were posted online and on the news media, he said 'that's him,'" said Sheriff Spears.  

Though there had been a few unfounded tips in Richland County, this was the only tip of a Jakubowski sighting for Vernon County.  "When you hear about these things in your communities, report them.  Pay attention to them.  Listen to the media when they have information that they want to get out to the public," said Sheriff Spears.  

Spears and Bindl noted the investigation is far from over.  We are expecting more information in a press conference from law enforcement in Rock County at 2:00 p.m. Friday. 

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Vernon County Sheriff's Office says firearms were located in the area where Joseph Jakubowski was taken into custody early Friday morning.

Jakubowski is on his way to the Rock County Sheriff's Office. He was wanted out of Janesville. Janesville Police and the Rock County Sheriff's Office plan a joint news conference for 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The fugitive wanted in a national manhunt, Joseph Jakubowski, has been caught.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office says it received a tip around 7:10 p.m. Thursday indicating a man matching Jakubowski's description was seen in a remote location, off County Road U south of Viola. That's near the Vernon and Richland County line. Authorities thought the tip was extremely credible, so they established a wide perimeter around the area and maintained a police presence throughout the night.

Vernon and Richland County authorities got help from many other agencies, including the FBI and approached the person at 5:50 a.m. Friday. They determined he was in fact, Joseph Jakubowski and took him into custody without incident.

Jakubowski is being taken to Rock County for questioning and charges.  

This is a developing story.  Stick with 27 News on air and online for the latest.  

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Law enforcement confirm to 27 News that at 5:50 a.m. Friday Joseph Jakubowski was taken into custody near the Richland and Vernon County border.  He is being taken back to Rock County for processing.

This is a developing story.  Stick with 27 News on air and online for the latest.  

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VIOLA (WKOW) -- Authorities have Joseph Jakubowski in custody, according to our news partner WIBA Radio.  They reported on their morning radio program they have spoken with an undisclosed law enforcement source.  

Jakubowski is the 32-year-old man who has been at the center of a manhunt since he allegedly burglarized a gun store in Janesville, made threats and wrote a manifesto to President Trump last week.  

Early Friday morning, law enforcement in Richland and Vernon Counties received tips that there was a heavily armed man in the area.  27 News has a crew on scene at Kickapoo High School where we are waiting a press conference about the situation.  

This is a developing story.  Stick with 27 News on air and online for the latest.  

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VIOLA (WKOW) -- Vernon County authorities have a command post set up at Kickapoo Area High School.  They will be telling us why there is an elevated amount of law enforcement in the area in a press conference later this morning.

In the meantime, part of County Highway I in that area, south of Viola, is being blocked.  You are encouraged to avoid traveling through there if possible.  

Richland County authorities have told us they were following up on a tip overnight in that area.  

This is a developing story.  27 News has a crew on scene and will bring you the latest.

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VIOLA (WKOW) -- Vernon County authorities say they have closed County Highway I near Viola for an incident.

Viola is in Vernon and Richland Counties, and Richland County authorities tell us they've been following up on a tip in the area.

27 News has a crew near the closed highway and we're trying to get more information.

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