Father of Jayme Closs' Kidnapper Addresses Her Family During Emotional Moment in Court

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January 16, 2019Jan 16, 2019

On Thursday, January 10, Jayme Closs escaped from her suspected kidnapper, Jake Thomas Patterson, after 88 days imprisonment. Shortly after her escape, Jayme's description of Patterson led to his arrest. 

After his arrest, Patterson confessed to killing Jayme's parents, Denise and James Closs, and kidnapping Jayme. He was holding her about 60 miles from her hometown of Barron, WI, in Gordon, WI. 

In an emotional moment in court, Patterson's father says he has a letter for her family.

Patterson is being charged with intentional homicide, kidnapping, and armed burglary. A judge ordered him held on $5 million bail, and he is scheduled back in court next month.

His father, Patrick Patterson, spoke to CNN's Jean Casarez at the Barron County Justice Center on Tuesday. He said he was there to pass along a note to the Closs family.

"All I care about right now is Jayme's family. I want to get them a note," he said.

He refused to give any explanation regrading what's contained in the note. He instead emotionally apologized for not being able to speak in the emotional situation.

"I'm sorry, I can't talk," he said several times, shaking with emotion before a deputy escorted him from the public area.

Patrick Patterson was in the courtroom for his son's arraignment Monday. Patterson initially seated himself on the prosecution side, but a deputy asked him to leave and sit on the defense side.

As a judge read the charges against Jake Patterson, his father sobbed and buried his head into the shoulder of a relative seated next to him. He showed more emotion that Jayme's family, who remained calm.

Jim Moyer, the grandfather of the alleged kidnapper, told ABC News that the family was totally unaware of Patterson's actions.

"Something went terribly wrong, nobody had any clues ... We are absolutely heartbroken. It's wrenching to deal with," he said. "He was shy and quiet, he backed off from crowds, but a nice boy, polite. Computer games were more of a priority than social interaction."

A neighbor also told CNN that Jake Patterson's mom, Deborah Frey, is "devastated." She added of Frey: "She can't wrap her head around it."

On the night of October 15, Jake Thomas Patterson murdered Jayme Closs's parents and kidnapped her. After the news broke of the confusing case, theories began to run rampant about what had actually happened to the 13-year-old and her parents on that tragic night.

Now the criminal complaint against the suspect offers some answers. The 21-year-old is due to make his first court appearance on Monday.

The complaint states he is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary. He was arrested on Thursday in Gordon, Wisconsin after Jayme escaped from the home where he was holding her.

She ran up to a CPS worker, who was out walking her dog. The woman took Jayme to a neighboring residence to call 911.

Patterson was arrested shortly after based on a description that Jayme gave of him. When police picking him up, they believe he was out looking for her.

According to the complaint, Patterson confessed to killing James and Denise and kidnapping Jayme. He also revealed that he chose Jayme as his target randomly.

He allegedly told authorities that he worked at a cheese factory south of Almena for two days before quitting. On his drive to the cheese factory on one of his two mornings there, he stopped behind a school bus on Highway 7, and he watched Jayme get on a school bus.

"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 (Closs), he knew that was the girl he was going to take."

According to the complaint, Closs told police she was asleep in her bedroom on the night she was abducted when she heard her dog started barking. She got and saw someone driving up their driveway, so she told her parents.

Her father reportedly went to the front door to see what was going on. He then reportedly told them there was a man at the door with a gun. Patterson shot him through the window and then shot the door open. 

The complaint states Jayme said she and her mother were hiding in the bathroom when Jayme "stated she heard a gunshot and knew her father had just been killed."

Her mother called 911 shortly before Patterson is said to have broken down the bathroom door.

"Jayme described him as being dressed in black from head to toe, including a face mask, hat, and gloves."

According to the complaint, Jayme said Patterson told her mother to put tape over her mouth. After she put tape over her mouth, Patterson shot Denise.

Patterson then allegedly tied Jayme's hands and ankles together and dragged her to his car. The complaint states Jayme thought she was in the trunk of the car for two hours before they arrived at a house Patterson took her to.

She said while there, Patterson made it clear that "nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her."

When he had friends or relatives over, he made Jayme hid under the bed. He then stacked totes and laundry bins with weights stacked against them so she could not move without him knowing.