Bail set at $5M for man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing her parents

January 14, 2019 10:21 PM

The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs for nearly three months and killing her parents is in jail on $5 million bail.

21-year-old Jake Patterson made his first court appearance as a judge read the charges that include two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. 


Prosecutors say Patterson told investigators "I did it," even describing how he targeted Jayme and kept from getting caught for months.

RELATED: Suspect chose Jayme Closs because he saw her boarding school bus, according to complaint

Patterson didn't show much emotion in court and only said a few words to the judge.

The criminal complaint outlines how Patterson "put quite a bit of thought" into how he was going to execute his plan. 

He told investigators he worked at a cheese factory just miles from Barron for two days before quitting. It was on his way to work when he saw Jayme for the first time getting on a school bus and right there "he knew that was the girl he was going to take."

The complaint details the violent acts that occurred inside the Closs family home that October night. Patterson telling investigators he took his father's shotgun because it was the "best choice to kill someone." Before entering the home, court documents say Patterson shot and killed James Closs through a window. Then, he saw "Denise with her arms wrapped around Jayme in a bear hug," hiding in the bathtub.

He restrained Jayme in tape, then killed Denise Closs.

"It was a gruesome scene," said Brian Wright, Barron County District Attorney. 

RELATED: 911 audio released in Jayme Closs case

From there, Patterson allegedly put Jayme in his trunk and drove about an hour north to his Gordon, Wisconsin home where he would "make her stay under the bed when he left the house," even one time hitting her "really hard on her back" for making him mad, according to the complaint. 

"You can see the amount of control that he was exerting over her," Wright said. 

While Patterson was away, the criminal complaint says Jayme was able to "push the bins and weights away from the bed and crawl out."

"Jayme deserves enormous credit as a 13-year-old and she has such bravery to have done what she had done," Wright said. 

After court, Patterson's father and brother walked to their car without saying anything.

"It's a very serious, serious allegation," said Charles Glynn, Patterson's attorney. 

During questioning, Patterson allegedly told investigators "I did it."

RELATED: Suspect in Jayme Closs disappearance makes first court appearance

"It's a criminal complaint that contains a confession so it doesn't stop the process," Glynn said. 

While Jayme's return brings joy to the Barron community, her parents won't be coming home, and that's why prosecutors say they still have work to do.

"We're so so grateful for Jayme and her safe return and now it's time for us to obtain justice for her and for her parents," Wright said. 

Jayme was kept in Douglas County, and there is a potential for more charges to be filed for actions that took place there in Gordon, Wisconsin. The district attorney hopes to know whether or not more charges will be filed before Patterson's next court date on Feb. 6.


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