Jakubowski's step-dad relieved suspect in custody

Said they are ‘glad it's over'
Posted at 6:42 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 19:51:55-04

The step-dad of Joseph Jakubowski said he was relieved to hear Friday morning that his step-son had been captured peacefully after a 10-day manhunt.

Don McLean, the step-dad, said he got the call Friday morning he had been begging for.

“His mother and I are just happy,” he said.

"We're glad it's over and we're glad no one got hurt," he also said.

After a week and a half of calling for Jakubowski surrender, he was spotted Thursday night 125 miles Northwest of Janesville in Vernon County. Sheriff’s deputies responded after a farmer found a suspicious man on his property who was in a tent and not willing to leave.

"I had no idea where he was,” McLean said. “It could have been anywhere."

A law enforcement team of more than 70 approached Friday morning and he was taken into custody.

“Found under a tarp with four guns, one long gun,” said Justin Tolomeo, an FBI special agent.

McLean says shock and anger and sadness have consumed their lives since news of Jakubowski’s letter to the president and burglary of a gun store, followed by a nationwide manhunt.

"I haven't been in contact with Joe for a few years, but it didn't sound like the boy we raised," McLean said.

He said they can move forward with peace of mind and hope that his stepson will receive the help that he needs.

“I would rather have him incarcerated than hurt,” he said.

Jakubowski faces several local and federal charges for burglary and carrying firearms.


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