connectVideoJayme Closs kidnapping defendant by the district court as investigators comb through the house where she was held captive
Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper began his plot to abduct the 13-year-old girl from her Wisconsin home after a random to see her get on a school bus a day, a moment in which he said: “he knew that was the girl that he was going to take,” said a chilling criminal complaint revealed Monday.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told the authorities that he spotted Closs for the first time after he stopped behind a school bus on Highway 8 while he was driving to work in the Saputo Cheese Factory, where he worked for only two days. He did not provide a specific reason why the 13-year-old, his goal was selected, and the complaint does not provide a date for the casual encounter. Shortly thereafter, however, Patterson says he bought a mask to use in the kidnapping.
“The defendant stated that he had no idea who she was, nor did he know who lived in the house or how many people lived in the house. The defendant said, when he saw that [Jayme Closs], he knew that was the girl that he was going to take,” the complaint stated.
Patterson was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary after the police captured the 21-year-old following Jayme’s escape from the Gordon, Wisconsin home.
The house where Closs was allegedly held captive in Gordon, Wisc. (Cristina Corbin/Fox News)
The alleged kidnapper is his detailed plans to kidnap the teen, despite knowing nothing about Jayme or the Closs family prior to the incident, the complaint says. Patterson told the police that he had never been in contact with Jayme on all social media sites and only learned of her name and her parents names from news reports after he had her trapped in his northern Wisconsin cabin.
“Detective Nelson reports that the suspect confessed to killing James and Denise Closs, and the kidnapping of [Jayme],” the complaint stated.
JAYME CLOSS SUSPECT ‘ABSOLUTELY’ NO CONTACT WITH THE FAMILY FOR MURDER, KIDNAPPING, SAYS AUNT
According to the indictment, Patterson visited the Closs at home two times before the fatal Oct. 15 shooting, but was deterred by the light “people walk around the house.”
He said that he “quite a bit of thought” in the kidnapping to avoid being caught, including the stealing of number plates and the shaving of his head so that he would not leave DNA evidence in the house.
Jayme told detectives that on the night she was kidnapped, she was asleep in her bedroom when her dog began to bark. She woke up her parents and her father went downstairs to find Patterson, completely dressed in black, armed with a gun. Jayme said that she and her mother went to hide in the bathroom.
“[Jayme] stated she heard a shot and knew that her father was just murdered,” the complaint stated.
The photos show the filthy basement ‘cell’ where Jayme Closs was allegedly held captive by Jake Thomas Patterson.
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Her mother called 911 — that the authorities previously detailed — but hung up when Patterson took to hide them.
“Patterson, told her mom to put tape over [Jayme’s] mouth, that her mother did, and then Patterson shot her mother”, while they were both in the bath, according to the complaint.
JAYME CLOSS DEFENDANT WAS NOT AT HOME WHEN SHE ESCAPED, ‘SEEMED TO BE OUT LOOKING FOR HER,” THE AUTHORITIES SAY THAT THE DETAILS OF THE KIDNAPPING EMERGED
Jayme Patterson said put her in his car’s trunk and drove away. As they left the scene, she said that she heard the sirens of police cars.
While being held captive in Patterson’s home, Jayme said he left several times to attend new year’s celebrations, and other times had friends or family members about. On these occasions, he would send her under a bed and trap her in the location by placing heavy weights on various household items. On Jan. 10, he told Jayme he was gone for 5-6 hours. It was then she made a break for it.
Jayme Closs to provide information about her kidnapping and her parents’ murder in a criminal complaint released Monday.
“[Jayme] stated she was able to push the bins and weights from the near to the bed and crawls to the outside. [Jayme] she stated a few of Patterson’s shoes, and ran out of the house, and walked in the direction of the road to a woman,” the complaint stated.
The teenager approached Jeanne Nutter, a retired child protective services worker who was walking with her dog at the time. Nutter brought Jayme into the house of a neighbor and called the police, who decided to take Jayme to a secure location to Patterson was captured. While they are on the road, the police-agent of the transport of Jayme saw a red car that matched the description of Patterson’s vehicle. Jayme said that she was not sure that the car, however, the officer alerted other police to the vehicle anyway.
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Soon after, another police officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle, that Patterson was driving. It is believed Patterson could search for Closs.
He was taken into custody without incident and is by the court at 4:30 pm EST Monday.