Jake was born in 1972. He shared a close relationship with his uncle, Charlie Jolson, who took Jake under his wing and hence Jake became a wild criminal like his uncle. For most of his life, Jake has been in and out of jails. Jake became best friends with Eyebrows and Sparky. At some point, Jake started a feud with Mark Hammond, who had defected to the Collins gang who were major rivals of the Jolson's. This feud would continue for many years. Jake also has a feud with Frank Carter, as they are shown to have strong hatred for one another, with Frank obsessively trying to bring him and his uncle down.
Early one morning, Jake was seen outside a brothel along with Sparky and Eyebrows by Frank Carter and Joe Fielding. Joe radioed for back-up and he and Frank moved in to arrest Jake. Jake shot Joe but was later arrested by SO19 officers. While in police custody, Jake was interrogated by Clive McCormack, a corrupt cop who was in Jake's uncle, Charlie Jolson's pocket. McCormack was under instructions from Charlie to lead the interview in a way that would discreetly let Frank Carter know about Jamahl's latest delivery on the Thames. This was to get rid of Frank.
Shortly afterwards, Jake was charged with the attempted murder of Joe and sent to prison on remand. Charlie phoned McCormack and asked him to make sure that Jake was broken out of the prison van and be back on the streets. McCormack believed that Jake was a psycho, but Charlie understood that although Jake had his moments, he had a good heart and he meant well. Charlie ordered Mark Hammond to break Jake out from custody. Jake remembered Mark from the old days and he still hates him for being a member of the Collins gang. Jake faked his own death by blowing up the prison van with an M79 grenade launcher, bought from Russian arms dealer Viktor Skobel, and then placing another dead body beside the van, making out as though he had been killed in the explosion. Jake then shot at Frank Carter's car with an AK47 causing him to overturn. Mark drove Jake back to the warehouse while Jake made snide comments to Mark the whole journey.
At the warehouse, Jake gave Grievous a fright with his sneaky style and nearly got into a fight with fellow heavy Big Walter when he believed the latter called him "mental". Walter reassured Jake and told him there was a welcome home present for him upstairs. This turned out to be Johnny Chai, a young Triad who was seriously wounded by Sparky who was torturing him with an electric wire. Jake and Sparky greeted each other then Jake began brutally beating Johnny, eventually killing him. After they had finished with Johnny, Jake caught Mark in Charlie's office. Jake was annoyed because he had ordered Mark to stay put. Mark insulted Jake but Jake told him to watch it as he had just been speaking to Charlie about Mark's son. Jake showed Mark Johnny's bloody body which caused Mark called Jake a maniac annoying him further. Sparky restrained Jake as they needed Mark to get rid of Johnny's corpse. Jake ordered Mark to drive Johnny to Chinatown and dump the body in the street. Jake knew that this would cause the Triads to chase Mark but he ordered Mark has not to lose them. He told Mark to lure the Triads them to Hollywell Street where Jake and the boys would massacre them. However, this turned out to be a trap set up by Jake for Mark as Holywell Street is Yardie territory. As a result, the Triads and Yardies start a gang war which Mark had to fight his way through. Mark vowed to kill Jake.
Later, Jake along with Eyebrows and Sparky confronted Mark at the depot and demanded the money which Mark had stolen from the Yardies. Mark threw the bag at Jake which the latter thought contained the money. It turned out to be a cat. Jake ordered Sparky to kill Mark for this insult but Mark ended up killing Sparky. Jake was devastated at Sparky's death and he tried to kill Mark himself. Charlie stopped Jake and instead brought Mark along with Yasmin to the cellar of the warehouse.
As part of his plan to wipe out the other gangs, Charlie asks Jake to drive up to the depot to get the detonator for the bomb and to meet him back at the boat. Jake thought that Mark was right about his uncle being a "bloody drama queen". Unbeknownst to Jake, he had been followed to the depot by Frank Carter. At the depot, Jake retrieved the detonator and had half the Bethnal Green mob with him packing weapons to take to the Sol Vita. Once they drove off, Frank followed them. At the Sol Vita, Jake handed the detonator to Charlie.
After handing the detonator to Charlie, Jake was confronted by Frank Carter who had followed Jake to the Sol Vita. Jake ran away from Frank and ran to the top of the ship. Frank had to chase after Jake as well as killing members of the Bethnal Green Mob on board. Frank eventually caught up with Jake on the top of the ship, where the two fought each other. Jake can be killed up on top of the ship, or, if he is still high on health, he may retreat to the lower level of the ship by standing on a platform operated by a crane, which lowers him to the deck of the ship. Frank then backtracks through the ship and confronts Jake on the lower deck of the ship at the far end. Jake is then killed by Frank. It is not possible to arrest him.