Published: Thu, February 07, 2019

Jake Patterson, man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs, appearing in court

Jake Patterson, man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs, appearing in court

Weeks of intense searching for Jayme came to a halt last month when Jayme apparently escaped from Patterson's home in Gordon, Wis. Jayme made her way out of the woods of rural northern Wisconsin where Patterson lived and found a dog walker who helped connect her to authorities.

Jake Thomas Patterson is set for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in the abduction of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, and murders of her parents Denise and James Closs. She said that since coming home, Jayme has spent time with loved ones, and in therapy.

Patterson is charged with two counts of Class A Felony 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Class C Felony Kidnapping, and Class E Felony Armed Burglary.

Patterson's legal team might challenge those statements apparently made to detectives in the hours after his arrest.

This week, the Closs family released a picture of Jayme enjoying a steak dinner with her grandfather. His father, Patrick Patterson, responded, "I love you".

Jake Patterson's preliminary hearing lasted only a few minutes as he waived his right to hear the state's evidence against him.

Closs was kidnapped the day her parents were murdered during a home invasion on October 15.


According to the criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators he knew Jayme "was the girl he was going to take" after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home.

"I have no doubt that she's going to make it". Jayme and her mother locked the bathroom door and hid in the bathtub while calling 911, but Patterson busted down the door before allegedly killing Denise Closs. "The strong little fighter she is", Saffert said.

January 11, 2019 - Investigators say the suspect, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, is jailed on homicide and kidnapping charges.

After a single shot rang out, the teenager said she knew that her father had been killed.

"The primary concern I would have is Mr. Patterson's ability to get a fair jury trial in Barron County", said Eric Nelson, a criminal defense attorney, who is not on Patterson defense team.

Prosecutors said they believe Patterson will stand trial, however, he has yet to enter a plea.

According to the criminal charges, Patterson told investigators he saw Jayme getting on a school bus near her home and chose to abduct her.

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