The criminal complaint released today (Monday, local time) ahead of Jake Patterson’s first court appearance in Barron, Wisconsin, detailed Jayme’s terrifying ordeal in which she was held captive in a cabin for 88 days.
Prosecutors described a brutal ordeal in which Patterson allegedly shot Jayme’s father James, 56, and then killed her mother Denise, 46 on October 15 last year.
The harrowing account came just days after Jayme ended her 88-day captivity by escaping the rural home where, according to authorities, Patterson kept her trapped under his bed for as much as 12 hours at a time.
The documents show Patterson confessed to his crimes and told police he first saw the young teen getting on the bus last autumn and decided he wanted to take her.
What followed was weeks of planning, in which Patterson stole license plates to replace his own, checked out the Closs home twice, purchased a black ski mask and shaved his head to avoid leaving any hairs at the crime scene, police said.
The documents allege on October 15, Patterson shot James Closs at the entrance to the house and then entered the house, kicking a door down to find Denise and Jayme hiding in the bathroom.
He tore the shower curtain down and found Denise "with her arms wrapped around Jayme in a bear hug".
He ordered Denise to duct-tape her daughter's mouth shut. He then wrapped tape around Jayme's wrists before shooting Denise.
After killing Jayme's parents, Patterson taped her ankles, locked her in his trunk and drove her to his home, passing squad cars with their sirens on that were responding to the shooting, he told police.
Asked what he would've done if stopped by police as he escaped the scene, Patterson said he still had the loaded shotgun in the car's front seat and "would most likely have shot at police".
He claimed he did not know Jayme's name until after her abduction and only learned the names of her parents after seeing stories about their murders on the news.