REVEALED: Jayme Closs’ kidnapper applied for a job at a liquor distributor the SAME DAY the teen escaped, described himself as a ‘honest and hard worker’ on the application and sent over a resume riddled with lies
- Jake Patterson, 21, applied for a job online the same day Jayme Closs escaped from his rural Wisconsin home, where she was held captive for three months
- Officials for Saratoga Liquor Co in Superior, Wisconsin, said they received an application from Patterson for a night shift position around midday January 10
- Patterson’s resume contained inaccuracies about his work experience
- He called himself an ‘honest and hardworking guy’
- Company officials said they wouldn’t have hired him due to lack of experience
- Patterson is charged with kidnapping Jayme and murdering her parents
The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents applied for a job online the same day that Jayme escaped.
Despite his resume containing inaccuracies about his work experience, Jake Patterson, 21, called himself an ‘honest guy’ in his job application for a night shift position at Saratoga Liquor Co in Superior, Wisconsin.
The company said Thursday they received the application to work at Saratoga’s warehouse midday on January 10, the same day Jayme escaped from Patterson’s remote home where he held her captive for three months.
Deputies arrested him minutes later and according to a criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators that he broke into Jayme’s house in the middle of the night, gunned down her parents and made off with the teen.
Jake Patterson, 21, applied for a job online the same day Jayme Closs escaped from his rural Wisconsin home, where she was held captive for three months
Jayme (center) was finally able to break free from the Patterson’s makeshift lair on January 10, and now is in the care of her relatives
On the resume Patterson submitted in his application, he describes himself as an ‘honest and hardworking guy. Not much work experience but I show up to work and am a quick learner.’
Patterson is charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13, and murdering her parents
Company officials said they wouldn’t have hired him due to his lack of experience.
The 21-year-old graduated from Northwood High School in Minong in the spring of 2015.
His activities between then and the day he was arrested have largely not been made public, including his employment and how he supported himself.
He had been living in the home in Gordon, Wisconsin, where he kept Jayme captive.
Patterson notes he worked as a ‘laborer’ from April 2018 to November 2018, but Saratoga officials redacted the employer’s name in the provided resume.
He states he served in the U.S. Marines for nine months from April 2017 to December 2017.
Marine spokeswoman Yvonne Carlock has told the Associated Press that Patterson did serve, but only for about five weeks in the fall of 2015.
Carlock said his early discharge indicated the ‘character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards.’
Patterson also stated he was a ‘production worker’ from October 2016 to January 2017, specializing in packaging screens.
His employer has been redacted. He goes on to say he graduated from high school in 2016, even though he actually graduated in 2015.
The image above shows the home in rural Wisconsin where Jake Patterson allegedly held 13-year-old Jayme Closs prisoner for nearly three months
Patterson, who is charged with kidnapping Jayme and murdering her parents, was a loner, as seen in a high school group photo obtained by DailyMail.com. Patterson is circled at the right
Patterson’s defense attorneys haven’t responded to an email request to confirm the resume.
Patterson worked for little more than a day in 2016 at the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron where Jayme’s parents worked. Investigators have said he did not know them.
He also worked for two days at a cheese factory near Almena, Wisconsin, just west of Barron.
Patterson told investigators on his way to work there in October when he spotted Jayme getting on a school bus and decided he wanted to kidnap her.
He faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, both punishable by life in prison, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.
He’s due back in court February for a preliminary hearing.
Patterson worked for little more than a day in 2016 at the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron where Jayme’s parents worked. Investigators have said he did not know them