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MANHUNT OVER: Wisconsin suspect caught

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Latest on a man wanted for stealing guns and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House (all times local):

   10:40 a.m.

   Gov. Scott Walker says his annual Easter egg hunt is back on after a man accused of mailing an anti-government manifesto to the White House and stealing 18 guns from a Wisconsin store was captured without incident.

   Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker said in a statement Friday that the event at the governor's residence will take place on Saturday as originally scheduled.

   They canceled the egg hunt Thursday, citing safety concerns, as authorities searched for Joseph Jakubowski, who had been on the run since April 4.

   Jakubowski was arrested Friday morning in Readstown, 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Milwaukee, after a farmer found him camping on his property.

   The Walkers praised law enforcement, saying no one will have to worry over the Easter weekend.

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   10:10 a.m.

   Law enforcement officials who arrested a fugitive wanted in the theft of guns from a Wisconsin store and who made unspecified attack threats in a rambling manifesto say they found firearms near his campsite.

   Authorities arrested 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski at 6 a.m. Friday near Readstown, Wisconsin. The Vernon County and Richland County sheriff offices say multiple law enforcement agencies established a perimeter overnight around where Jakubowski was camping after a property owner reported him.

   Readstown is 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.

   Officials say they arrested Jakubowski without incident, but found firearms nearby.

   More than 150 law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski since April 4 when authorities say he stole 18 firearms from a gun store and mailed an anti-government manifesto to the White House.

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   9:45 a.m.

   The Wisconsin property owner who found the man who was at the center of an intense manhunt says the fugitive was cordial when he confronted him camping on his farm.

   Dozens of federal, state and local officers have been searching for Joseph Jakubowski since April 4 when authorities say he broke into a gun store near Janesville and stole 18 firearms and mailed a threatening manifesto to the White House.

   Jakubowski was discovered on farmland in Vernon County late Thursday, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Milwaukee. Jeffrey Gorn tells The Associated Press he was driving his four-wheeler on his property when he spotted a man camping.

   Gorn says he didn't realize he was the subject of the manhunt. Gorn, a retired high school counselor, says he talked to the man for about an hour and never once felt threatened. He says the man he later learned was Jakubowski was angry with society in general, but never raised his voice.

   Gorn returned to his house and called sheriff's officials.

  

The man suspected of stealing guns from a gun store and sending President Trump an anti-government manifesto has been arrested in southwestern Wisconsin.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says Joseph Jakubowski was captured around 6 a.m. today near Readstown, Wisconsin after law enforcement was tipped off that a suspicious person was camping on a farmer's property. The sheriff's office said he was captured without incident.

Readstown is 160 miles west of Milwaukee.

More than 150 law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski since April 4th when authorities say he broke into a gun store in Janesville, about 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

The sheriff's office says Jakubowski wrote a 161-page manifesto in which he detailed a long list of grievances against the government and spoke of plans to launch attacks with the 18 firearms he allegedly stole.

A news conference will be held at 2 p.m. today.

This story is still developing. Stay with KWWL on air and online for the latest developments today.

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UPDATE:  Law enforcement has confirmed to WKOW, a KWWL sister station, that Joe Jakubowski was taken into custody near the Richland and Vernon County border.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Tweeted, "Thank you to law enforcement for their outstanding work! We are thankful people don't have to worry about Easter weekend activities."

NBC Nightly News 

This story is still developing. Stay with KWWL on air and online for the latest developments today.

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say they are investigating a letter purportedly sent by fugitive Joseph Jakubowski that threatens violence at Wisconsin churches on Easter Sunday.

Police in Waukesha County say the letter was sent through the U.S. Postal Service and mentions churches in the Sussex area, about 25 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says the letter is being analyzed and "its authenticity is in question."

A manhunt has been underway since police say Jakubowski robbed a gun store in Janesville, Wisconsin on April 4.

They have warned that the fugitive is considered armed and dangerous and the public should not approach him.

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