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Patterson: “I know what this is about. I did it”

BARRON, Wis. (KTTC) – The Barron County Sheriff’s Department released an official criminal complaint against 21-year-old Jake Patterson who is being charged for the murder of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of Jayme Closs.

Patterson is charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed robbery.

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The complaint stated that Patterson shot and killed both James and Denise in the head. As Patterson pulled up into the Closs driveway, James went to the front window of his home, shining a flashlight through the window.

Patterson reportedly told him to get on the ground, but James did not. That was when Patterson shot him dead.

Patterson went through the home, checking rooms to see if anyone else was inside.He found that the bathroom door was shut, locked and barricaded from the inside.

After multiple hits, Patterson broke down the door and yanked off the shower curtain covering a bathtub. Inside the tub, he found Denise hugging Jayme Closs tightly.

Denise and Jayme called 911 when they heard James was shot. Patterson made Jayme and Denise hang up the phone when he found them in the bathroom. He then instructed Denise to put tape over Jayme’s mouth.

Patterson shot Denise after Jayme’s mouth was covered shut.

Patterson taped Jayme’s hands and ankles together and dragged her out of the house. He placed her in his trunk and drove away to his Gordon home.

According to the complaint, Jayme said she heard sirens in the distance as she was being taken away.

When the two arrived to his home in Gordon, Patterson told Jayme to take off her clothes in efforts to remove all evidence to the kidnapping and murders.

The complaint discusses what Jayme discussed with authorities and said that Patterson made her hide under his bed anytime someone would come over to his house or whenever he left his house.

Officials do believe Patterson acted alone in the crime despite having people over at his home.

Jayme was reportedly not allowed to leave from under the bed when Patterson was not in the home, even if she needed to use the restroom. Patterson would place totes around then bed, then weights around the totes so that Patterson could tell if Jayme tried to move.

During Christmas time, Patterson told authorities he went to his grandparent’s home in Superior and left Jayme for about 12 hours. Jayme was told to hold it and not leave from under the bed “otherwise bad things would happen” to her.

On Jan. 10, Patterson told Jayme that he would be leaving the house for five or six hours. Jayme was able to push the totes and weights away from the bed, grabbed a pair of shoes too big for her feet and escaped.

Outside of the home, Jayme found Jeanne Nutter who immediately recognized her as Jayme Closs. In the complaint, Jayme told Nutter “I don’t know where I am. He killed my parents. Please help – I want to go home.”

Nutter brought her too a neighbor’s home since her home was only two driveways away from Patterson’s.

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Authorities picked up Jayme and Jayme was able to describe Patterson’s appearance and one of the car’s he had.

Patterson returned home and after searching the home, realized Jamye was gone. Patterson was in his car when officials conducted a traffic stop and told him to get out of the car. Patterson complied and said “I know what this is about. I did it.”

Patterson confirmed to authorities that he killed James and Denis Closs and that he kidnapped Jayme.

He told officials that he used to work at Saputo Cheese Factory, south of Almena. He worked there for two days.

On his drive to the factory one of the two mornings, he said he stopped behind a school bus on Highway 8 where he saw Jayme get on the bus.

He did not know who she was or who else live at the house. But, Patterson said that when he saw Jayme, he knew she was the girl he was going to take.

Patterson told authorities that he attempted the crime two other times, but was scared off.

On the night of the murders and abduction, he stole a license plate off of a random car because he did not want his own plates to be spotted.

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Before he left for the Closs home on Oct. 15, Patterson took his father’s 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun. The complaint stated that Patterson picked this gun because he had done research and knew that specific gun would be hard to trace.

Patterson shaved his face and head and showered before leaving his house. He also wore gloves and all black in efforts to not leave any DNA behind.

Patterson said he was only at the home for about four minutes total.

After allegedly killing James and Denise and kidnapping Jayme, Patterson pulled over to allow squad cars to pass him. This was about 20 seconds after leaving the home with Jayme.

Monday at 3:30 CST, Jake Patterson will have his initial court appearance. The Barron County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference immediately after.

LIVE: Jake Patterson makes his initial court appearance for the murder of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of Jayme Closs.

Posted by KTTC TV on Monday, January 14, 2019

WARNING: The following criminal complaint contains detailed and graphic information regarding the Closs family murders and abduction. Parental discretion is advised before reading. 

Nikki Naik

Social Media and Digital Content Manager | nnaik@kttc.com | @nrnaik20

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