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Court documents: Patterson targeted Closs after seeing her get off school bus

Thanks for staying with news 3-- the man accused of killing james and denise closs and kidnapping jayme closs is in court.

Jake patterson made his initial court appearance this afrnoon where he was charged with 2 counts of first degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one cout of armed burglary.

According to that complaint, patterson worked at a cheese factory and one morning before he went to work-- he stopped behind a school bus where he saw jayme get off.

He said he didn't know who she was but at the moment, he decided she was the one he was going to kidnap.

A five million dollar bond has been set for patterson.

And his initial court appearance this afternoon..

Came just hours after the criminal complaint was released... and that complaint included many disturbing details surrounding what happened.

We have team coverage of the case-- with jamie perez, keely arthur and amanda quintana-- we start with jamie.

There's a lot to digest from the criminal complaint.

A lot of questions we had are answered... many details you might find disturbing so i do ask that you watch and listen with some discretion.

In a criminal complaint releasing tails about jayme closs's kidnapping, jake thomas patterson admitted to gruesome details about his plan.

Details saying when he first saw her getting off a school bus, he had no idea who she was, but knew she was the one he was going to take... he also stated how he used a 12 guage shotgun to inflict the most damage and how he was planning to kill anyone in the house so he could take jayme.

Jayme closs revealed to detectives in the complaint how she heard her father get shot before jake patterson found her and her mom hiding in the bathroom.

How she was kept under his bed barricaded for up to 12 hours at a time, threatening if she tried to leave.

She told police how he hit her on the back when he thought she had tried to escape.

Patterson admitted to killing jayme's parents and kidnapping her.

The two counts of homicide both entail being in prison for life.

The kidnapping charge comes with a 100 thousand dollar bond and or 40 years, the count for armed robbery comes with 50 thousand dollars fine and 15 years in prison.

"i'm going to specifically order mr. patterson that you may not possess any firearms, you may not have contact with jayme closs" patterson's bail is set at 5 million dollars cash which the district attorney says is appropriate given the nature of this case.

He kept the shotgun shell inside of his house for two weeks inc ase police came.

He remained in hiding for 88 days before apprehended.

He is a flight risk, a danger to the public, and he is unlikely to return to court proceedings without an exceedingly high cash bail "))) a lot to take in but still many questions we all have and are still waiting for answers to.

The full criminal complaint can be found on our website.

There are many details we were not able to include in this on air report that you can find at channel3000 dot com.

This is also still a very active investigation going on so more details to come as they are made available.

Thanks jamie.

News 3 has had a crew in barron county since jayme's safe return our keely arthur is live at the barron county courthouse where the district attorney's office answered questions after patterson's appearance.

Today the district attorey spoke right at this podium behind... saying a conviction in this case is extremely important given the attention and circumstances of this case.

He and his proseuction team are are seeking justice in the deaths of jayme's parents denise and james.

And for jayme's kidnapping.

Wright wouldn't confirm if jake patterson had signed a confession but did say patterson is giving a lot of information in the case.

And considering the relatively happy outcome...wright used the oppurutinity to commend jayme.

59:08 we are seeking justice.

We have two parents of a 13 year old who are deceased.

We have a 13 year old who was abducted for 88 days.

Forcibly.

It doesn't get more serious than that and i assure you we want justice for james, denise and jayme.

59:35 jayme's family was inside the courtroom, they didn't comment after the case.

Wright was asked if jayme herself will testify if patterson goes to trial, that remains unclear.

Additional charges... thanks keely.

We're also learning more about the plans patterson made to abduct jayme and the randomness in which he chose her asis victim.

A kidnapping by a stranger is very rare.

Our amanda quintana spoke to a psychologist about what might've been going through patterson's head.

These stranger abductions known as "stereotypical kidnappings" make up less than one percent of missing children cases.

Most are taken by someone they know, a family member, or at least an aquaintance.

Linnea burk, a clinical associate professor in u-w madison's psychology department... says in many of these stranger abductions, the kidnapper is acting on a thought or fanatasy they've developed in their head... but it's not necessarily focused on a particular victim.

We now know patterson didn't en know jayme's name, but chose her as his target when he saw her get off the school bus.

((("50:09 it seems like a lot of these are crimes of opportunity.

That somebody was available, they were in that place in that particular time and that made the perpetrator feel like success was likely 24"))) obviously this way of thinking and behavior by patterson is different from most people - but burk says that doesn't mean he has a diagnosable mental health condition.

He could.

But if so, burk says it wouldn't have much influence onhis type of criminal behavior.

We will hear more from burk at six... including why she says it's important for parents to remember how rare this type of crime really is... and the very low chance your child has of becoming a target on their




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