Jayme Closs' Kidnapper Confesses, Reveals What Happened the Night He Killed Her Parents

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January 14, 2019Jan 14, 2019

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 toes and laundry bins with weights stacked against them so she could not move without him knowing.

The Barron County District Attorney's Office is scheduled to hold a press conference immediately following Patterson's initial court appearance, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CST.