Fugitive who mailed manifesto to Trump captured in Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin fugitive accused of robbing a gun shop and sending a manifesto to President Trump is now in custody. (WPVI)

The Wisconsin fugitive accused of robbing a gun shop and sending a manifesto to President Donald Trump was captured while camping on a Wisconsin farmer's property after a more-than week-long manhunt, officials said.

Joseph Jakubowski, who was considered "armed and dangerous," allegedly stole 18 firearms from a gun store near Janesville, Wisconsin, on April 4 and had been on the run ever since.

He is also accused of sending the president a manifesto littered with anti-religious and anti-government rhetoric.

Jakubowski was taken into custody early this morning after he was spotted camping Thursday night on a farmer's property near Readstown, Wisconsin, which is about 130 miles northwest of Janesville, the sheriff's office in Rock County, where Janesville is located, said in a news release this morning.

The property owner, Jeffrey Gorn, told The Associated Press he spoke to the man camping on his property for about an hour and did not realize he was Jakubowski. Gorn said the man appeared angry with society in general but never raised his voice, The AP reported. Gorn, a retired high school counselor, said he never felt threatened, and that after the conversation he called authorities, The AP reported.

"The witness was crucial," Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said this morning. "He could have just said, 'Get off my property,' and that be it, but he didn't."

The property owner told authorities a suspicious person was camping "and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so," the sheriff's office said. The property owner was told to look at Jakubowski's picture online to see if it looked like the same person, Vernon County Sheriff's Office and Richland County Sheriff's Office officials said at a joint news conference this morning. After that, authorities felt comfortable based on the description to establish a perimeter, officials said.

Shortly before 6 a.m. local time today, officers made contact with the suspicious person, identified as Jakubowski, and he was taken into custody without incident, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said. Two BearCats, armored vehicles used by law enforcement, on the scene made the initial contact, officials said today.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office is "ecstatic," to have Jakubowski in custody, officials said, adding that they expected the capture to involve a shootout.

Officials said 100 to 125 officers were involved in taking Jakubowski into custody, including some officers who were stationed at 10 homes for protection.

No one was hurt during the capture, officials said.

Jakubowski is being taken back to Rock County for further investigation and charges, officials said.

Officials did not say where the weapons Jakubowski allegedly stole are now.

ABC News' Jack Date and Jason Volack contributed to this report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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