Jake Patterson’s father wept openly, as the charges against his son were read out in court today and bail set at $5 million.
Patterson was not present but appeared via videolink. He sat impassive, dressed in orange prison jumpsuit as the charges were read. His father’s shoulders rocked with tears at the sight of him.
Asked if he had been appraised of the charges Patterson answered a strong, ‘Yes sir.’
As the first charge was read – that of intentional homicide – Patterson’s father, Patrick, let out an anguished wail.
In contrast his youngest son sat impervious. He looked down, following the wording of the complaint as the judge read aloud.
Jake Patterson appeared in court via videolink on Monday, marking his first appearance since being arrested for abducting Jayme Closs and killing her parents
Patterson’s older brother, Erik, and father Patrick (pictured together) were the only family present for him in court. They refused to answer questions following the hearing and Patrick shook his head when asked if he knew what had happened at the cabin
Patterson told cops he decided Jayme was ‘the girl he was going to take’ after seeing her get on a school bus when it stopped in front of him as he drove to work one day
Honorable James Babler ordered the collection of a DNA sample if one had not already been provided and set the date for Patterson’s next appearance as 11am February 6.
Speaking for the State, Brian Wright asked for bail to be set at $5 million. He told the court, ‘Mr Patterson has no ties to Barron County, he worked at Saputo Cheese Factory for two days the only reason other than that to be in Barron County was to kidnap J.’
He asked the judge to consider the crimes and the efforts he made to conceal himself including stealing license plates and putting them on the vehicle.
Wright pointed to the fact that he disengaged his dome light, purchased a mask, wiped down the shotgun that was located at his house and the shells that were used to kill James and Denise by his own words, so that no DNA or fingerprints would be found.
Patterson shaved his face, all of his head hair and showered before going to the Closs home.
The 21-year-old turned his engine and headlights off and confessed to law enforcement that he had made a decision he was going to kill everyone in that home including children because he could not leave witnesses. If stopped by police he said he would have shot them too.
Patterson’s brother, Erik, and father, Patrick, were the only family present for him in court.
They refused to answer questions following the hearing. Mr Patterson shook his head when asked if he knew what had happened at the cabin or witnessed anything strange.
Patterson turned to his right during the brief proceedings – to the bench across the aisle that housed Jayme, Denise and James’s family members.
As the first charge was read – that of intentional homicide – Patterson’s father, Patrick, let out an anguished wail. In contrast his youngest son sat impervious. He looked down, following the wording of the complaint as the judge read aloud
Patterson’s brother Erik wore a blue and black hooded jacket and sat hunched forward. His father, seated next to him, was dressed in a grey pin stripe suit. He took his glasses from his nose as he sat down and held them in his hands. He fretted with them briefly
Jake Patterson’s attorney Charles Glynn answering questions outside of the Barron County Justice Center today in Barron,Wisconsin
Sue Allard, Jayme Closs’ aunt, enters the courtroom with family members where Jake Patterson 21, was formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary
Erik wore a blue and black hooded jacket and sat hunched forward. His father, seated next to him, was dressed in a grey pin stripe suit. He took his glasses from his nose as he sat down and held them in his hands. He fretted with them briefly.
‘You don’t have anyone else coming on your side do you?’ Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald asked as he tried to accommodate media, public and court officers in the rapidly filling benches. Only the bench reserved for Patterson’s family remained relatively vacant.
‘No we don’t sir,’ Patterson Sr responded.
As the court waited and 3.30pm approached Patterson’s father put a protective hand on his son Erik’s knee. He gave it a squeeze and his hand remained there a while.
Honorable James C Babler took his chair promptly but after a few tense minutes wait he was forced to ask Sheriff Fitzgerald, ‘Can you have the jail try calling? My system’s not popping up.’
Speaking to the court he added, ‘I can attest it was working at one o’clock when we did four appearances,’ the judge told the court as the dial tone rang out without answer or image.
As technical difficulties postponed the hearing for which Jayme’s family and law enforcement have waited so very long the judge appeared to decide that if a job was worth doing it was worth doing himself.
‘I’m going to have to go under the bench here,’ he said before being informed that the system had to reboot.
Jake Patterson (above with his mother Deborah and sister Katie in 2015) appears to have led an unremarkable existence and has been described by former classmates as a quiet student who lacked social skills
Ultimately it took barely ten minutes for the judge to agree with the State and set a bail of $5 million.
Patterson will not be allowed firearms, contact with Jayme or the neighbors and dog walker who alerted authorities to her escape.
Asked if he understood that Patterson answered confidently,’Yes sir.’ With that the court was adjourned.
Hours before his first court appearance, the horrifying details of the Closs murders and Jayme’s abduction emerged in the criminal complaint that was filed on Monday.
It told of how Jayme cowered in the bathroom with her mother as Patterson shot her father in the head and then watched in horror as he did the same to her mother minutes after kicking in the flimsy door.
Dressed in black from head to toe including a face mask, hat and gloves, Patterson grabbed the terrified teenager, taped her hands and ankles together, covered her mouth with tape and dragged her out of her home to his waiting car.
According to Jayme, her abductor then bundled into the trunk and drove her approximately two hours to the cabin where he would hold her for the next three months.
Patterson took her into the cabin, removed the tape from her mouth, hands and ankles and told her to go into the bathroom and remove all her clothes, the complaint states.
It was there they found the bodies of Denise, 46, and James Closs, 56, and realized their 13-year-old daughter was nowhere to be found
Pictured is the front door of the Closs home. It appears to be covered with plywood and a blanket, and sources say it was kicked in during the home invasion
He made her put the clothes in which she had been abducted into a bag, making some comment about ‘not having evidence.’
Patterson stole his father’s 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun (file photo)- chosen because it was so common and would be hard to trace
When friends of relatives visited Patterson, he ‘made it clear that nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her.’
He made her hide under his bed in one corner of his bedroom and stacked totes and laundry bins around the bed with weights stacked against them so she could not move them.
On one occasion, according to the documents seen by DailyMail.com, Jayme stated that Patterson got mad and ‘hit her really hard on the back with the handle of something he used to clean blinds.’ She could not remember what had angered him.
Her escape came when he left the cabin and she managed to push the weights away and flee.
Patterson has confessed has been charged with two counts of first degree homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary.
Patterson told cops he decided that Jayme was ‘the girl he was going to take’ after a chance sighting of her getting on the school bus when it stopped in front of him as he drove to work.
According to Patterson he ‘had no idea who Jayme was’ when he decided to take her and set about plotting his crime.
He bought a black balaclava mask from Walmart and drove to the Closs home twice with the intent to kidnap her but was deterred by cars in the driveway and lights in the house.
On the night of October 15, he finally followed through and stole his father’s 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun – chosen because it was so common and would be hard to trace.
He took six 12 gauge shells because ‘he felt the 12 gauge would inflict the most damage on someone and would most likely be the best choice of shell and weapon to kill someone.’
As well as the balaclava, he wore two pairs of gloves. He shut off his headlights and coasted to the end of the driveway. As he approached under cover of darkness Patterson saw Jayme’s father, James, standing in the large window.
Jayme told detectives that she had been woken by her dog Molly barking and noticed somebody coming up the driveway when she went to investigate.
She woke her parents and her father ‘went to the door to see what was going on.’
Patterson claimed that he yelled at Closs to get on the ground but that he ‘kept shining a flashlight and looking outside.’
The gunman then approached the front steps, opened the glass storm door and began pounding on the wooden door.
As James Closs peered through the decorative glass window, he asked to see Patterson’s badge – assuming that he was law enforcement.
In that moment, Patterson said, he raised his shotgun, pointed it at James Closs’ head and pulled the trigger.
James is described in the complaint as having ‘significant trauma to his face and head.’
Chillingly after he had dragged the shocked teen to his car, bundled her into his car and made his getaway, Patterson recounted ‘he yielded to three passing squad cars that were travelling west towards the house with their red and blue emergency lights and sirens on’
Jayme was found at the Eau Claire Acres estate near the town of Gordon, which is about 70 miles away from her home in Barron where she was abducted
He tried to shoulder open the door behind which James Closs had collapsed but when he couldn’t he lowered his shotgun and blasted the doorknob.
Once in, he stepped over James Closs’ lifeless body and headed to the closed door directly in front of him. He quickly scanned other rooms checking for anybody else.
When he found nobody else inside the house, he returned to the closed door where Denise and Jayme were hiding, kicking and shoving the door 10 to 15 times before it burst open.
In a terrifying scene he tore the shower curtain down, taking the rod with it and found Denise ‘with her arms wrapped around Jayme in a bear hug.’
Patterson told Denise to place black duct tape over her daughter’s mouth but when she ‘struggled to do that’ he put down his shotgun, took back the tape and wrapped it around Jayme’s mouth and head.
He made the teen stand up while he ‘took and placed [tape] around her wrists, with her palms together to restrain her hands and arms.’
Patterson then taped her ankles, removed her from the tub and, as she stood beside him, he took aim at her mother’s head and pulled the trigger.
As he dragged Jayme away he told officers he nearly slipped on the blood that had pooled on the floor.
The gruesome scene is laid bare as deputies attending the scene told of ‘blood and brain splattering on the… wall directly behind the wooden entrance door.’
Denise had also been shot in the head, ‘with the rear backside of her head and skull plate completely removed and lying next to her body in the bathtub.’
The image above shows the cabin in rural Wisconsin where Jake Patterson allegedly held 13-year-old Jayme Closs prisoner for nearly three months
As Jayme’s family prepares to face down Patterson in court, DailyMail.com obtained exclusive photos of the squalid basement ‘cell’ in Patterson’s home
The image above shows the filthy basement den where authorities believe 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held prisoner by her alleged abductor, Jake Thomas Patterson, 21
Inside the main living room is a half-finished game of Monopoly and a book entitled ‘U.S. Armed Forces Survival Guide’
This aerial photo shows the cabin where 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held by Jake Thomas Patterson, surrounded by law enforcement vehicles
Chillingly after he had dragged Jayme to his car, he bundled her into his car’s trunk and made his getaway.
Patterson recounted ‘he yielded to three passing squad cars that were travelling west towards the house with their red and blue emergency lights and sirens on.’
Asked what he would have done if he he been stopped by police as he made his escape, Patterson said ‘he still had the loaded shotgun in the front seat of the car [and] would most likely have shot at the police.’
Patterson said ‘knew he was going to kill anyone in the house [that night] because..he could not leave any eyewitnesses behind.’
He described Jayme as ‘scared and crying’ when he finally let her out of the trunk.
She had urinated herself and so he told her to change into a pair of his sister’s pajamas.
He then kept her in a space under his bed which is twin-sized and sits approximately 2 1/2 feet off the ground.
He said that Jayme had tried to escape his makeshift lair at least twice and when she had done so, he ‘struck a wall and screamed a lot to the point where he knew she was scared and …she better never try that again.’
He believed her to be ‘fearful enough not to leave the bedroom without him.’
Family members of Jayme Closs’ (pictured with her aunt Sue Naiberg Allard) told DailyMail.com they will be in court later today to ‘look Jake Patterson in the eye,’ as he makes his first appearance in Barron County Circuit Court
According to Patterso, Jayme did not leave because he had scared her enough with his outburst to the point where she complied to his wishes
The details of Jayme Closs’ abduction have emerged in the criminal complaint filed today ahead of Jake Patterson’s (pictured) first court appearance in Barron, Wisconsin
According to Patterson she did not leave because he had scared her enough with his outburst to the point where she complied.
Patterson said he left her alone for 12 hours at Christmas while he visited his grandparents in Superior and when his father visited, he simply turned up the radio to mask any sound she might make.
On the day of her escape and his arrest Patterson had told Jayme he was leaving for a few hours.
When he got home he discovered she was not under the bed and began a frantic search for her.
After a few minutes he returned to his house and when he saw police ‘he knew he was caught.’
In a bizarrely nonchalant admission Patterson told cops he ‘assumed he had gotten away with killing James and Denise and kidnapping Jayme since he hadn’t been caught in the first two weeks.’
He denied having ever met Jayme either in real life or online and that he only learned her name after the abduction.
He claimed he learned her parents names when he saw the reports of their killings.
Patterson told a detective ‘he never would have been caught if he would have planned everything correctly.’
THE 12-PAGE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT DETAILING JAYME’S ABDUCTION