Jayme Closs’ suspected kidnapper had no prior criminal record, however, detectives are now looking into his brother who was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was arrested on Thursday for ‘targeting’ and kidnapping 13-year-old girl Jayme and horrifically shooting dead her mom and dad in their Barron, Wisconsin home on October 15.
Although Patterson had no prior criminal record, cops have flagged the criminal history of his older brother Erik Patterson, 24, who was convicted of fourth degree sexual assault when he was 18 for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Cops say that suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, (left) who was arrested on Thursday for kidnapping missing Wisonsin girl 13-year-old Jayme Closs (right), had no prior criminal record
Police received a tip that Jake’s older brother Erik Patterson, 24, has a criminal record of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl when he was 18 in 2013
Erik was also convicted of delivering drugs in 2013 and damaging property in 2014, according to
‘We did get a tip on a sibling that has some criminal record. Our DCI and FBI teams are looking into that. I didn’t look into his record. That just came in on our tipline,’ Baron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerland said.
In 2013 when Erik was 18 he drove from Gordon to Buffalo City, which is about three hours away.
There he met up with a 15-year-old girl to have sex with her. She told cops she met him three weeks earlier on an ‘online chat site’.
Erik told police he ‘thought she was 17’.
Cops found maps, clothes and a police scanner in his car after his arrest.
He pled no contest and was sentenced to one year probation for the criminal sexual assault. After that he moved to Leadville, Colorado where he worked at a Subway.
He has since taken down his Facebook page.
Jake Patterson (right) with mother Deborah (center) in 2015 and sister Katie (left)
However, authorities believe that Jake Patterson acted alone in kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.
Erik once lived in the same rural cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin where Jayme was held captive.
The Patterson family moved to Gordon about 15 years ago and Jake and Erik were raised there and attended Minong High School, according to the
According to a neighbor, Patterson’s parents moved away but the two sons continued to use the home.
However, neighbors noted they rarely saw Patterson and hadn’t seen Jayme around.
Ownership of that rural cabin was transferred to a credit union by Patterson’s father shortly after Jayme was kidnapped.
Jayme Closs, 13, is pictured smiling alongside her aunt just hours after her escape
Authorities believe that Jake Patterson acted alone in kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46
The home was transferred on October 23, eight days after Jayme was abducted and her parents slaughtered about 60 miles away in Barron, Wisconsin.
Authorities say that the Closs family did now know Jake Patterson. The only link between them is that Jake worked for a single day at the Jennie-O turkey plant where Jayme’s parents were employed for 27 years.
Jayme was found on Thursday after she approached a woman walking her dog in Eau Claire Acres in Gordon and said she was kidnapped and her abductor killed her parents.
The woman took her to a neighbor’s house where they called police.
Jayme was described as ‘skinny and dirty but outwardly OK’ by the couple who called 911.
Jake Patterson is in custody on two charges of first degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Jayme’s parents and one count of kidnapping.
Unemployed Patterson had no previous criminal history and was not on the radar of police. They say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the case.
Police believe Patterson – said to have hidden the girl in the home he grew up in – killed the Wisconsin couple because he wanted to abduct their daughter. They say she was ‘the only target’.
Jayme’s aunt, Kelly Engelhardt, told KARE 11 that the news is what the family has ‘prayed for’ every day.
‘I honestly had faith… I figured if they hadn’t found her by now that the person that did this didn’t want her dead, so I had hope. Every day there was hope. We had too much love and support around us for us to give up,’ her aunt said.