A nearly weeklong manhunt continued on Monday for a Wisconsin man the authorities suspect of robbing a gun shop, setting his own station wagon on fire, espousing broad revolution and mailing a threatening manifesto to President Trump.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Department in Janesville, Wis., said that it was searching for Joseph A. Jakubowski, 32, in connection with the burglary on April 4 of more than a dozen firearms from Armageddon Supplies, a local gun store.
Mr. Jakubowski “has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues” and had specifically threatened to use weapons to target government officials or “an unspecified school,” the department said in a statement.
The department also released a video of Mr. Jakubowski preparing to send a 161-page manifesto to the White House. According to the police, the document “includes grievances against government and personal angst towards anyone or anything other than natural law or rule.”
“Revolution,” Mr. Jakubowski says in the video. “It’s time for change.”
The authorities believe that Mr. Jakubowski also incinerated a station wagon that was found ablaze shortly after the burglary of Armageddon Supplies and was registered in his name. The vehicle was found the same day the gun store was robbed, and the police made their search for Mr. Jakubowski public on Thursday.
In a telephone interview on Monday, Robert D. Spoden, the sheriff of Rock County, said that a copy of the manifesto had been shared with the police by several of Mr. Jakubowski’s associates, and that the suspect had “a huge issue with any type of authority, whether it be local, state or federal.” He said that about 170 law enforcement officers were currently hunting for Mr. Jakubowski.
David Moore, the chief of police in Janesville, said that Mr. Jakubowski had a long history of run-ins with law enforcement, and had been charged and sent to prison after attempting to seize a gun from an officer in 2009.
He said that the manifesto was broadly “anti-government and also anti-religious.”
“He mentions that people need to rise up and start a revolution. We have seen the opposite take place,” Mr. Spoden said. “The community as a whole has embraced law enforcement and they’ve been extremely positive toward us.”
Neither Mr. Spoden nor Mr. Moore had any leads on where Mr. Jakubowski might be hiding and said that they could not be sure whether he had yet left Janesville, which is about an hour southwest of Milwaukee, or the state entirely. The F.B.I. is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to his arrest.
Schools in the Janesville school district closed on Friday because of the hunt, a day before spring break, according to Patrick Gasper, a spokesman for the district.
Mr. Gasper said that schools in other districts were also on spring break. Schools in the district of Beloit, south of Janesville, remained open Monday, but Michelle Shope, a spokeswoman for the district, said that the school was in a state of heightened awareness and in “constant contact with the police and local authorities.”
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