Suspect Decided to Take Jayme Closs After Seeing Her Get Off a School Bus

Barron County Sheriff

Jayme Closs' accused kidnapper reveals why he decided to take her.

According to reports, 21-year-old suspect Jake Patterson's plot to abduct Jayme Closs came randomly after he saw her get on a school bus one day. That was the moment when "he knew that was the girl he was going to take," according to the criminal complaint. 

Patterson said he saw Closs for the first time when he stopped behind a school bus while driving to work at the Saputo Cheese Factory, where he worked for only two days. 

The complaint said: "The defendant stated he had no idea who she was nor did he know who lived at the house or how many people lived at the house. The defendant stated, when he saw [Jayme Closs], he knew that was the girl he was going to take." 

The complaint also revealed Patterson said he never contacted Jayme on any social media sites and learned her name and her parents' names from news reports. 

Patterson was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping, and armed burglary. Monday marked his first court appearance and his bail is set at $5 million. 

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