- Jake Patterson, 21, told investigators that he watched Jayme Closs board her school bus before deciding he was going to abduct her.
- He told police that as she boarded the bus, he “knew that [Jayme] was the girl he was going to take.”
- Police say there are no signs that Patterson knew the Closs family before Jayme was kidnapped and her parents were murdered on October 15.
- Patterson has been charged with kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents, Denise and James.
The car was idling when he spotted her, his ancient maroon Ford Taurus stuck behind a Barron County school bus on its morning route. Jake Patterson was on his way to his short-lived job at the Saputo Cheese factory – where he’d spend two days employed before quitting – when he saw 13-year-old Jayme Closs ascend the school bus stairs. He didn’t know her name or where she lived, but he knew she was the girl he was going to take.
On Monday, the man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs and murdering her parents told investigators that he decided to abduct the girl suddenly, after glimpsing her boarding her school bus, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Barron County Circuit Court.
Police say there were no signs that Patterson knew anyone in the Closs family before Jayme was kidnapped from her Barron County, Wisconsin, home on October 15.
There is no evidence of any online interactions between Patterson and Jayme, investigators say, and the teen’s family insists they don’t know the man.
Patterson was charged on Monday with kidnapping Jayme, killing her parents, Denise and James, and armed robbery.
Jake Patterson, 21, told investigators that he’d stopped by the Closs family home on two previous occasions with plans to take Jayme, but both times it was clear there were other people in the house, and he thought he’d be caught, the criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press said.
Investigators believe that Patterson broke into the Closs home, killed Jayme’s parents, and hid Jayme in a remote cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin, for three months until she escaped on Thursday.
Jayme told police that on the night she was kidnapped, she awoke in her room when her family dog started barking, and noticed a car coming up the driveway.
After waking her parents up, she and her mother, Denise, hid in the bathroom, while her father, James, investigated. They heard a gunshot and knew Jayme’s father had been killed, according to the complaint.
Denise Closs started to call 911, but Patterson broke the bathroom door down, told her to hang up and tape Jayme’s mouth shut, the complaint said.
Denise complied, and Patterson shot her before taping Jayme’s hands and ankles and dragging her to the car, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, he threw her in the trunk and took her to the cabin, where he made her take off her clothes, put them in bag, and spoke about not having evidence.
Jayme told police that Patterson would make her hide under his bed when he had friends over, and made it clear “that nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her,” according to the complaint.
Patterson “would make her stay under the bed for up to twelve hours at a time with no food, water, or bathroom breaks,” trapping her behind containers filled with heavy weights, according to the complaint.
On the day Jayme escaped, Patterson told her he would be out of the house for five or six hours, and Jayme was able to crawl out of the room.
She told police she took a pair of Patterson’s shoes and fled on foot, and ran into neighbors who helped her call 911. Patterson was arrested within minutes.
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