Jayme Closs' kidnapper targeted her after he spotted her boarding a school bus on his way to work: Court documents
A criminal complaint released January 14 revealed distressing new details in the kidnapping case of Jayme Closs, 13, the girl from Wisconsin who was reported missing for almost three months after both her parents were shot to death in October last year.
According to the complaint, the suspect in the murder of Jayme's parents and her kidnapping, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary.
PEOPLE reported the complaint revealed Patterson had allegedly told the authorities he worked at a cheese factory in the south of Almena for two days before he quit.
He told investigators that when he was on the way to the cheese factory, one of the two mornings he was there, he stopped behind a school bus on Highway 7 and that's where he saw Jayme getting into the bus.
The complaint read: "[Patterson] 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. [Patterson] stated, when he saw [Jayme], he knew that was the girl he was going to take."
Jayme told the authorities after she was rescued, that on October 15 last year, she woke up to the sound of the family dog barking and then noticed there was someone driving up the driveway of the home in Barron. The person in the vehicle was later identified as Patterson. Jayme then said her father went to the door to see what was going on and that's when she saw a man with a gun. The complaint stated the terrified teen then hid in the bathroom with her mother.
It added Jayme told the police that when she and her mother heard a gunshot go off, they knew her father was killed. Jayme's mother then dialed 911 but the man broke down the door of the bathroom and asked her to hang up. He then told Jayme's mother to put tape over her mouth and after she did what he asked, he killed her mother as well.
The complaint continued with Jayme's account saying the man then tied up her hands and ankles with tape and then dragged her out of her home before throwing her into the trunk of his vehicle. Two hours later, the pair arrived at the home from which she was finally able to escape three months later. Jayme continued saying the man removed the tape from her mouth, hands, and ankles before telling her to take off her clothes and then dumping them in a bag. According to the teen, he even made a comment about not having any evidence.
Then, in a miraculous twist of fate last week, Jayme was able to escape the clutches of her kidnapper after he allegedly left the home. She got help from a woman who was walking her dog who then took her to a neighbor's home.
Jayme then alleged Patterson had left his home and told her he would be gone for about five to six hours. Though he made her hide under his bed, in what the teen described in the complaint as a typical method of getting her to hide when he had people over, she said she crawled out of the space, put on a pair of his shoes, and walked out of the house.
The criminal complaint also stated Patterson confessed to killing Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, and to kidnapping the teen. A post-mortem exam stated James' cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head and neck and it was ruled homicide. In addition to this, Denise had significant head trauma and the cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head.
Patterson allegedly told the authorities he took his father's shotgun because "he had done research and knew that the shotgun was one of the most heavily manufactured or owned shotguns and assumed it would be more difficult to trace" and he also added the weapon "would inflict the most damage on someone".
Patterson said when he found his target, Jayme, in the bathroom, she and her mother "were seated in the bathtub, Denise with her arms around Jayme in a bear hug". The man was set to make his first appearance in court January 14.
Charles Glynn and Richard Jones, his public defenders, issued a joint statement to the local media. The statement read: "This is a very tragic situation. There is a substantial amount of information, interest, and emotion involved in this case. Mr. Patterson’s legal team will be relying on the integrity of our judicial system to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected and respected."