Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect

Whitewater police in standoff with armed man in house near schools
Man with gun reported in Whitewater
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08 April, 2017

The manhunt continues for 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski -a Janesville man wanted for stealing firearms from a local gun shop Tuesday.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that the Armageddon Gun Shop was burglarized of a "large quantity" of weapons Tuesday night.

A vehicle found burned a short distance from the gun shop is registered to Jakubowski. On Friday, public schools in Janesville and Milton as well as the University of Wisconsin-Rock County and Blackhawk Technical College were closed, according to the Associated Press.

"We had no specific threats toward Waterloo and my understanding is most of Jefferson County schools were included in the soft lockdown yesterday", the administrator said.

Delavan-Darien schools will be open Friday, but, will be in a general or soft lockdown situation again as a precautionary measure.

After school activities will still take place at area schools tonight.

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

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"You know, whether it's the president or local officials or whether it's law enforcement".

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Due to the burglary suspect making threats towards public officials or schools, Capitol Police are also on alert today in Madison.

The FBI in Milwaukee said it's offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Jakubowski. He allegedly made threats against an unspecified school.

Authorities said the man had been identified and was not involved in the Janesville gun shop robbery. Jakubowski is considered armed and extremely risky.

"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.

"Additionally the Watertown Police Department is maintaining a visibility and presence at our schools".


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