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Man Accused of Kidnapping Jayme Closs, Killing Her Parents, Ordered to Stand Trial

Family of the Closses and suspect Jake Patterson attended the hearing

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    Chilling Details in Jayme Closs' Kidnapping Case Revealed in Court

    The public had its first look Monday at the man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents. Jake Patterson, 21, went before a judge for a bond hearing in Barron County, Wisconsin, Monday afternoon. His bond was set for $5 million. NBC 5 Chicago's Kate Chappell reports. (Published Monday, Jan. 14, 2019)

    A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, telling his father, "I love you," moments after he was ordered to stand trial.

    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 and restraints, fidgeted during a proceeding that lasted less than five minutes, with Patterson speaking only to give yes-or-no answers to the judge's questions.

    During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors must show they have enough evidence to warrant a trial. After Patterson waived his right to that proceeding, Judge James Babler set a March 27 date for arraignment.

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    A 21-year-old man was taken into custody for the October shooting deaths of a Wisconsin couple and the kidnapping of their teenage daughter who was found alive Thursday, three months after she vanished.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 14, 2019)

    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."

    About 20 members of the Closs family attended. Neither they nor members of the Patterson family would speak to reporters afterward.

    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.

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    Kelly Engelhardt, Jayme Closs' aunt, tells NBC affiliate KARE that she had hope and faith that her niece would be found. Closs, who was missing since Oct. 15, 2018, was found alive close to an hour's drive away from her home on Thursday.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 11, 2019)

    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.