At A Glance - April 17

Tip From a Landowner Leads to Arrest of Anti-Government Fugitive in Wisconsin

A tip from a landowner in southwestern Wisconsin led to the arrest on April 14 of a fugitive who allegedly burglarized a gun store and sent an anti-government manifesto, which threatened unspecified attacks, to the White House. The owner of the property in a desolate rural area found an individual camping in primitive conditions and after talking to him, notified the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators determined that the suspicious person was Joseph Jakubowski, who had been the subject of an extensive manhunt for more than a week. Jakubowski was taken into custody without incident. This is one of many criminal cases in which a suspect is apprehended because a citizen reports suspicious activity.

Because of the threats and the large quantity of weapons stolen, the police chief in Janesville, Wisconsin, Jakubowski’s hometown, believes a potential mass shooting may have been prevented. The Rock County Sheriff characterized the manifesto as expressing overall anger toward authority, the government, religion, and the police. After mailing the manifesto and stealing the guns, Jakubowski burned his vehicle in a remote area and fled to Vernon County, about 125 miles northwest of Janesville. When he was taken into custody, Jakubowski had in his possession four handguns, a rifle, multiple boxes of ammunition, a sword, a helmet, a ballistic vest, containers of flammable fluid, and a copy of his manifesto.


Gloucester County Teenager Sentenced to Five Years Probation for Telephoned Bomb Threats in Texas

In Midland, Texas, on April 12, a 17-year-old resident of the Sewell section of Washington Township (Gloucester County) was sentenced to time served plus five years probation for making bomb threats to Sul Ross State University and Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, Texas. Nicholas Martino, who was prosecuted as an adult, has been in federal custody since his arrest at his residence in December. Prosecutors said Martino made the calls to intentionally trick emergency personnel into responding to the threats, a practice known as “swatting.” Martino made the hoax calls on September 8, 2016, knowing that emergency services were already responding to an active shooter incident at Alpine High School, in which a female shooter wounded one student and then took her own life.


School Security: Teacher, Eight-Year-Old Student Killed in Murder-Suicide at San Bernardino School

On April 10, a teacher and an eight-year-old student were killed and another student was wounded when the teacher’s estranged husband, Cedric Anderson, age 53, entered a classroom in an elementary school in San Bernardino, California, and opened fire. Anderson then took his own life. (Photo shows police response.) Anderson signed in at the front office before proceeding to the classroom, in accordance with the school’s normal procedures. According to school officials and law enforcement investigators, he was known to personnel in the front office, but they were unaware that the couple had recently separated after domestic problems.

After a preliminary review, officials have not found any lapses in policies or procedures at the school. Police Chief Jarrod Berguan said, “We don’t see anything that has come to our attention that we could have seen this coming.” Some procedures worked as intended. Security cameras showed Anderson trying to get into three different doors, but they were locked. The school security measures forced him into one single point of entry, which was the office.


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