Suspect in Closs kidnapping makes first court appearance

The extended Closs family and loved ones packed the gallery as their fight for justice kicks into high gear. Now that Jayme is home safe, her alleged kidnapper, Jake Patterson, is facing several charges.

In his jailhouse jumpsuit and glasses, Patterson made his first court appearance via video conference.
He is charged with two counts of first degree murder, kidnapping and armed burglary. 

Patterson answered the judge’s questions with very little emotion or any visible reactions whatsoever.

The courtroom was packed with media, as well as Closs family members. A few of Patterson’s family members sat on the opposite side of the gallery.

Community members are reeling after reading the details of the charges, illustrating how Patterson randomly spotted Jayme outside her house when she was getting on a school bus. He reportedly told himself, ‘that’s the girl I am going to take.’

Patterson allegedly shot and killed Jayme’s parents, her mom shielding her and hiding both of them in the bathtub. Patterson then allegedly bound Jayme with tape and dragged her into his trunk.

According to prosecutors, Patterson brought the 13-year old to his isolated home a little more than an hour away near Gordon, and through fear and intimidation, held her captive, forcing her under his bed even as friends and family visited the home.

Jayme finally found her opening last week and escaped the home, finding help down the road. 

The prosecution detailed a full confession Patterson made during a post-arrest interrogation. 
Patterson’s bail is set at $5 million.

The Douglas County District Attorney said more charges are possible against Patterson for potential crimes committed in or around his home.

Jayme’s uncle reported to FOX 9 that the family is “done thinking about Patterson,” instead focusing on his amazingly brave niece and her healing.