A 32-year-old Wisconsin man, Joseph Jakubowski, has recently been the suspect in a gun shop burglary as well as sending a detailed manifesto to the president. The gun shop owner told authorities that a large quantity of handguns as well as rifles had been taken from his store and the suspect fled the scene. Approximately half an hour following the burglary, law enforcement found Jakubowski’s car on fire with signs that arson had occurred; the suspect was nowhere to be found.
The same day that Jakubowski robbed the gun store, he also mailed a 161-page manifesto to the Whitehouse discussing his hatred for the U.S. government. Law enforcement has released a video, which was uploaded from Jakubowski’s cell phone showing the suspect mailing the manifesto addressed to the president. The video was recovered on the suspect’s social media page following the burglary at the gun store. Authorities have noted that inside the manifesto, Jakubowski had an anti-government and anti-religion theme throughout the 161 pages.
Jakubowski sends letter to the White House
Since the Whitehouse has received the manifesto, they have been on high alert as well as providing protection to some local churches and schools in the area. While they do not believe the suspect will target any certain religion or church, they are taking extra precautions to be safe. According to Jakubowski’s stepfather, who has not been in contact with him for the past two years, he says that Jakubowski has had a problem with police and authority since age 17.
Jakubowski has been on the run for close to two weeks now. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide evidence that will lead to his arrest. Authorities have also noted that if you see the suspect that you should not approach him, but rather call 911 immediately as he is likely armed and dangerous.
While there are a different set of laws depending on the county and state you reside in, in the state of California burglary charges are considered to be a wobbler. Simply put, this means that an individual can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony for committing the crime. Authorities typically base their decision on the suspect’s criminal history as well as the criminal act itself. With that being said, it is always recommended that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to assess your case and potentially reduce your charges.
Criminal Threats a Possibility
While there is no specific law in California regarding a manifesto, it would however be considered criminal or terrorist threats under Penal Code 422. Under this law it states that the suspect willfully threatens to commit a crime that can result in another person dying or receiving great bodily injury. This law includes verbal, written or electronic means of communication of the manifesto. This crime can result in jail time as well as a misdemeanor or felony charges. If the suspect is charged with a misdemeanor, they can spend up to one year in jail. Felony charges on the other hand can result in a year or more in prison.
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