FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Barron, Wis., shows Jake Thomas Patterson, of the Town of Gordon, Wis., who has been jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges in the October killing of a Wisconsin couple and abduction of their teen daughter, Jayme Closs. Patterson is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15, 2018 and kidnapping their daughter, Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Patterson is expected to be in the courtroom for a hearing, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Barron County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Suspect in Wisconsin teen's abduction ordered to stand trial

February 06, 2019 - 11:22 am

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents was ordered to stand trial Wednesday after a brief hearing.

Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and kidnapping their daughter , Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10, after 88 days.

Patterson, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in which prosecutors would have had to prove they had enough evidence to warrant a trial. The proceeding lasted less than five minutes, during which Patterson fidgeted and spoke only to give yes-or-no answers to the judge's question.

As he was leaving the courtroom, Patterson smiled and nodded at his father, Patrick Patterson, and said, "I love you." The elder Patterson responded, "I love you."

Judge James Babler set a March 27 date for arraignment.

According to the criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators he knew Jayme "was the girl he was going to take" after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home. He made two aborted trips to the family's home before carrying out the attack in which he killed Jayme's mother in front of her.

In the days that followed, thousands of people volunteered to search for Jayme. Investigators believe Patterson hid Jayme in a remote cabin in Gordon, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Barron, before she escaped and got help from a woman walking her dog.

Jayme told police that on the night she was abducted, she awoke to her dog's barking, then woke her parents as a car came up the driveway. Her father went to the front door as Jayme and her mother hid in a bathtub, according to the complaint. Jayme told police she heard a gunshot and knew her dad had been killed.

Patterson — dressed in black and wearing a facemask — broke down the bathroom door. He taped Jayme's mouth, hands and ankles before pulling her out of the bathtub and shooting her mother in the head, the complaint said.

He dragged Jayme outside, threw her in the trunk of his car and drove off, according to the complaint.

Patterson took her to a cabin and said no one could know she was there or "bad things could happen to her," the complaint said.

When he left or had friends over, he sealed her under the bed with tote boxes and weights so she couldn't crawl out, sometimes for hours, according to the complaint. When his father visited, Patterson told investigators, he turned up the radio to conceal any noise she might make.

She escaped Jan. 10 when Patterson was away.

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