The brother of Jayme Closs & # 39; kidnapper has a criminal history of sexually abusing a 15-year-old
Jayme Closs's suspected kidnapper had no previous criminal record, but detectives are now investigating his brother who has been convicted of sexually abusing a minor.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was arrested Thursday for '& # 39; targeting & # 39; and abducting the 13-year-old girl Jayme and killing her father and mother in their homes in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, in a gruesome way.
Although Patterson had no criminal record, police officers marked the criminal history of his older brother Erik Patterson, 24, who was convicted at the age of 18 for sexual aggression because of sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Cops say that suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, (left) who was arrested on Thursday for abduction kidnapped Wisonsin-girl 13-year-old Jayme Closs (right), had no previous criminal record
The police received a tip that Jake's older brother Erik Patterson, 24, has a criminal record of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl when he was 18 in 2013
Erik was also convicted for delivering drugs in 2013 and damaged property in 2014, according to Fox.
& # 39; We got a tip for a brother or sister with a criminal record. Our DCI and FBI teams are investigating that. I have not looked at his file. That just came on our tip, "said Baron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerland.
In 2013, when Erik was 18, he drove from Gordon to Buffalo City, which is about three hours away.
There he met a 15-year-old girl to have sex with her. She told the police that she had met him three weeks earlier on a & # 39; online chat site & # 39 ;.
Erik told the police that he & # 39; thought she was 17 & # 39;
Police officers found cards, clothes and a police scanner in his car after his arrest.
He did not plead a match and was sentenced to a year of probation for the criminal assault. He then moved to Leadville, Colorado, where he worked for a subway.
He has since removed his Facebook page.
Jake Patterson (right) with mother Deborah (center) in 2015 and sister Katie (left)
However, the authorities believe that Jake Patterson only performed in kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.
Erik once lived in the same rural cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin, where Jayme was imprisoned.
The Patterson family moved to Gordon about 15 years ago and Jake and Erik were raised there and attended the Minong High School, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
According to a neighbor, Patterson's parents moved away, but the two sons continued to use the house.
However, Buren noticed that they rarely saw Patterson and did not see Jayme.
The property of that rural cabin was transferred to a credit union by Patterson's father shortly after Jayme was kidnapped.
Jayme Closs, 13, is pictured right next to her aunt, a few hours after her escape
Authorities believe that Jake Patterson acted alone by kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46
The house was handed over on October 23, eight days after Jayme was kidnapped and slaughtered her parents about 60 miles away in Barron, Wisconsin.
The authorities say that the Closs family now knew Jake Patterson. The only link between them is that Jake worked a day at the Jennie-O turkey factory where Jayme's parents were employed for 27 years.
Jayme was found Thursday after she had approached a woman who was walking with her dog at Eau Claire Acres in Gordon and said she had been kidnapped and her kidnapper had killed her parents.
The woman took her to a neighbor's house, where they called the police.
Jayme was described by the couple as 911 as skinny and filthy but outwardly ok & # 39 ;.
Jake Patterson is in custody on two charges of intentional murder in the first degree at the death of Jayme's parents and a count of kidnapping.
Unemployed Patterson had no previous criminal history and was not on the radar of the police. They say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the case.
The police believe that Patterson – allegedly the girl hidden in the home where he grew up – murdered the couple in Wisconsin for kidnapping their daughter. They say that they're the only target & # 39; used to be.
Jayme's aunt, Kelly Engelhardt, told KARE 11 that the news is what the family has prayed for every day.
I honestly believed … I thought if they had not found her now that the person who did this did not want her dead, so I had hope. There was hope every day. We had too much love and support around us to give up, "said her aunt.