Jayme Closs Kidnapping Suspect Applied for a Job the Day She Escaped, Describing Himself as 'Honest'

The alleged kidnapper, Jake Patterson, reportedly applied for a night position at a Wisconsin liquor business

Jake Patterson, the Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, reportedly applied for a job the day Jayme escaped to freedom.

Patterson, 21, was allegedly looking to land a night position with Saratoga Liquor Co. in Superior, Wisconsin, according to an online job application obtained by the Associated Press.

Although the liquor company had no knowledge of his alleged crime at the time, they decided to not move forward with Patterson’s application — explaining he had little work experience, the Associated Press reported.

In the skill section of his resume, Patterson described himself as “an honest and hardworking guy.” He then explained he didn’t have “much experience but I show up to work and am a quick learner.”

For work experience, Patterson resume says he was a production worker from October 2016 to January 2017.

Jake Thomas Patterson. Barron County Sheriff's Dept

He also states he went to Marines boot camp from April 2017 to December 2017 before working as a laborer from April 2018 to November 2018.

Patterson is being held in the Polk County Jail. He is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary, according to the complaint.

The criminal complaint against Patterson alleges that he fatally shot Jayme’s parents on October 15, before binding the teen with tape and dragging her into this trunk.

According to the complaint, which was obtained by PEOPLE, Patterson sometimes left Jayme under the bed for as long as 12 hours at a time — depriving her food, water or bathroom breaks. Around Christmas time, Patterson allegedly went away to visit his grandparents while the girl hid under the bed, afraid to move.

Jake Patterson resumeCredit: AP

“When he left the house, the defendant stated he would tell [Jayme] that she better not leave and told her bad things would happen if she tried,” the complaint alleges. “The defendant stated she knew she shouldn’t come out from under the bed when he was not there. The defendant stated that because of his anger outbursts [Jayme] complied and did as she was told.”

The complaint also states that Patterson allegedly told detectives he “put quite a bit of thought into the details of how he was going to abduct” Jayme after first noticing her as she boarded her school bus one morning.

The complaint alleges Patterson told police he assumed he “had gotten away” with his crimes two weeks after the killings. He allegedly said he only learned Jayme’s name when he got her back to his home some 70 miles away in Gordon, and found out the names of her parents from local news coverage of their murders.

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“The defendant states he never would have been caught if he would have planned everything perfectly,” the complaint alleges.

At his court arraignment on Monday, Patterson was not asked to enter a plea and his bail was set at $5 million.

• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.For 88 days Jayme’s fate and whereabouts remained a mystery.Until Jan. 10, when Jayme bravely acted to save herself, escaping her alleged abductor’s cabin where she’d been held hostage. Outside, alone and confused in the sparsely populated woods near Gordon, Jayme raced toward Jeanne Nutter, a dog walker.

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