- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on in the case of a Wisconsin man who is accused of stealing 18 guns from a Janesville gun shop, prompting a 10-day manhunt (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

A man accused of breaking into a Janesville gun shop and stealing 18 weapons says he had no plans to harm the public while he was on the run for 10 days.

Joseph Jakubowski called WTMJ-TV (https://bit.ly/2qb3Xqk ) from jail on Friday. He told the station that he wanted to go to North Dakota to “get off the grid” and the media stoked public fear. He also expressed anger at the government and the “system.”

Jakubowski is accused of stealing the guns on April 4 and was arrested after a manhunt, which ended after he was discovered in a remote area of western Wisconsin.

He says the manifesto he sent to President Donald Trump is proof that he had no violent intent.

Authorities were fearful of what Jakubowski might do because of that rambling statement.


10:54 a.m.

Rock County sheriff’s investigators aren’t sure an automatic weapon and 12 handguns ditched by the man who wrote a threatening manifesto will ever be found.

Authorities say they found five of 18 weapons stolen from a Janesville area gun shop with Joseph Jakubowski after a manhunt which ended about 125 miles away in a remote area of western Wisconsin in April.

Investigators say Jakubowski dropped many of the weapons along the way to Vernon County because they got too heavy. Sheriff’s Capt. Todd Christiansen says Jakubowski told them he walked part of the way and isn’t sure where he disposed of the guns.

Authorities were fearful of what Jakubowski might do with the weapons because of a rambling manifesto he sent to President Donald Trump.

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