January 15, 2019 06:53 PM
The suspect in the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents has been moved from the Barron County Jail to the jail in neighboring Polk County.
Jake Patterson, 21, made his first court appearance Monday afternoon via video conference call. Cash bail was set at $5 million.
Earlier in the day, a criminal complaint filed against Patterson listed two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.
NEW: Jake Patterson has been moved to the jail in the next county over in Polk County, WI. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald made the decision in part because a relative of Jayme Closs works in the Barron County jail. All court appearances will still take place in Barron. pic.twitter.com/AHCurhjfMN— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) January 15, 2019
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said after meeting with his administrative team, the decision was made to move Patterson because one of Jayme's relatives works in the jail in Barron County. All court appearances will still take place in Barron County.
Patterson was arrested Thursday in Gordon, Wisconsin (in Douglas County) - shortly after authorities say Jayme was able to escape from a home at which she was being held when Patterson was out.
She approached a woman who was walking her dog for help. That woman took Jayme to a neighbor's residence where they called 911. A description Jayme provided led to Patterson's arrest a short time later.
Jayme's parents James and Denise were found dead at their Barron County residence on Oct. 15, and Jayme had not been seen since.
According to the criminal complaint, Patterson confessed to killing James and Denise and kidnapping Jayme. He allegedly told authorities he worked at a cheese factory south of Almena - which is also in Barron County - for two days before quitting. On his drive to the cheese factory on one of his two mornings there, he had stopped behind a school bus on Highway 8 and said he watched Jayme get on.
A key tool that authorities used to get the word out the day Jayme was abducted was by issuing an amber alert. Including the one issued for Jayme, Wisconsin has activated its amber alerts system 35 times since the program launched back in 2003. According to the state's Department of Justice, the 35 alerts all ended in a safe recovery. A total of 46 children having been safely recovered using this system in the state.
"The defendant stated he had no idea who she was nor did he know who lived at the house or how many people lived at the house," the complaint reads. "The defendant stated, when he saw (Jayme), he knew that was the girl he was going to take."
Updated: January 15, 2019 06:53 PM
Created: January 15, 2019 10:49 AM
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