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Manhunt in US for man who allegedly stole guns and mailed manifesto to Trump

Some 150 local, state and federal police officers and personnel were on Sunday searching for Joseph Jakubowski.

world Updated: Apr 10, 2017 08:45 IST
Joseph Jakubowski on April 4 allegedly robbed a gun shop and sent an anti-government manifesto to US President Donald Trump.
Joseph Jakubowski on April 4 allegedly robbed a gun shop and sent an anti-government manifesto to US President Donald Trump.(AFP Photo)

A massive manhunt was underway in search of a “highly-dangerous” Wisconsin man who US authorities said robbed a gun shop and sent a lengthy manifesto to President Donald Trump.

Some 150 local, state and federal police officers and personnel were on Sunday searching for Joseph Jakubowski, 32, who last week allegedly stole some 16 “high-end firearms” from a gun store in Janesville, Wisconsin and set fire to a car nearby, according to Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden.

Spoden said the suspect had written a 161-page long anti-government manifesto, which he had mailed to the White House. Police obtained a copy.

“Joseph Jakubowski has been highly agitated by national politics recently,” Sheriff Robert Spoden said, adding that an associate said Jakubowski “recently verbalized a plan to steal guns and use them in an unspecified attack.”

Spoden described the manifesto as “a long laundry list of injustices that he believes the government and society and the upper class have put forth onto the rest of the citizens.”

He added that the suspect had acquired a bulletproof vest and a helmet and was considered “armed and highly dangerous.”

The threat prompted area schools to close on Friday. Patrols were also increased at local churches “as a result of anti-religion sentiment depicted in Jakubowski’s manifesto,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement Sunday.

The city of Janesville, located some 100 miles northwest of Chicago, is the hometown of US House speaker Paul Ryan.