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The Latest: Gun theft suspect appears in federal court

Posted April 14

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Rock County Sheriff's Office in Janesville, Wis., shows Joseph Jakubowski. The Rock County Sheriff's Office says Jakubowski was captured around 6 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2017, near Readstown, Wis. The sheriff's office said in a statement that he was captured without incident. (Rock County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

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

5 p.m.

A Wisconsin man suspected of stealing numerous weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House has made his first federal court appearance following a nine-day manhunt.

Joseph Jakubowski was wearing a dirty white T-shirt over a long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans during his court appearance Friday afternoon in Madison. He spoke quietly with his lawyer before the proceedings began.

Jakubowski was arrested early Friday after a retired school counselor found him camping on his property.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Anderson says Jakubowski could be indicted on federal charges beyond a gun theft charge. He's also facing state charges in Rock County, including burglary with a dangerous weapon.

Jakubowski will remain in custody. His next court appearance is April 25.

Anderson declined to say whether other people may face charges in the case.

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2:35 p.m.

The FBI says there are no additional threats related to the fugitive who was arrested in southwestern Wisconsin following a nine-day manhunt.

Milwaukee-based special agent Justin Tolomeo (tol-oh-MAY-oh) joined other law enforcement officials Friday at a news conference where they detailed the capture of Joseph Jakubowski.

Jakubowski is suspected of stealing an arsenal of weapons from a gun store in southern Wisconsin and of mailing a threatening manifesto to the White House.

Tolomeo says Jakubowski was found with four handguns, one long gun, multiple boxes of ammunition, a sword and containers of flammable liquid, as well as a protective vest and helmet.

He says 26 law enforcement agencies, including 250 officers, worked together to find Jakubowski, who was arrested in a farm field early Friday.

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12 p.m.

Business owners in Janesville say they're relieved by the conclusion of a manhunt for a Wisconsin fugitive suspected of stealing firearms from a store and making threats in a manifesto mailed to President Donald Trump.

The search since April 4 for Joseph Jakubowski had businesses in his hometown on heightened alert.

Richard Erdman owns a pawnshop in downtown Janesville. He says his wife avoided going to the city's mall fearing it could be the target of an attack.

Milwaukee Grill general manager Fabian Gonzalez says he was concerned for women on his staff because they have children who attend Janesville schools and police initially worried that Jakubowski could launch an attack there.

Law enforcement officials captured Jakubowski without incident at 6 a.m. Friday in Readstown, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Janesville.

(This items has been corrected to show that Fabian Gonzalez is general manager, not owner, of Milwaukee Grill.)

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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.

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8:15 a.m.

Sheriff's officials say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a gun store and sending President Donald Trump an anti-government manifesto has been arrested in southwestern Wisconsin.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski was captured around 6 a.m. Friday near Readstown, Wisconsin. The sheriff's office said in a statement that he was captured without incident.

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

More than 150 law enforcement officials had been searching for Jakubowski since April 4 when authorities say he broke into a gun store in Janesville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee.

The Rock County 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.

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7:51 a.m.

Authorities are investigating a letter threatening Easter attacks on churches in Wisconsin purportedly sent by the subject of a manhunt accused of stealing weapons and sending a rambling manifesto to the White House.

The letter mailed by someone claiming to be Joseph Jakubowski threatens unspecified violence on Sunday at churches in the Sussex area, about 25 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Rock County sheriff's officials are trying to determine if the letter is authentic.

Jakubowski is accused of stealing 18 guns from a store near Janesville April 4. Officials believe the 32-year-old man also wrote an anti-government manifesto indicating his dislike for religion and a desire to carry out unspecified attacks.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker has canceled his annual Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday while Jakubowski remains at large.

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