- Jake Patterson, 21, told police he took several steps to hide his identity after deciding to kidnap Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs.
- On the night Jayme was kidnapped and her parents were murdered, Patterson had shaved his head and face to ensure no DNA was left at the crime scene, according to a criminal complaint released Monday.
- He also wiped down his shotgun and every shotgun shell while wearing gloves to make sure there were no fingerprints left behind, the complaint said.
- Once taking Jayme captive, Patterson made the teen change her clothes and burned what she had originally been wearing to hide evidence, the complaint said.
- Patterson was charged on Monday with two counts of intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.
The man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs three months ago methodically took steps to hide his identity and abduct her, according to a criminal complaint released by Barron County District Attorney on Monday.
Jake Patterson, 21, was charged on Monday with two counts of intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.
Ahead of his formal charging, he told investigators how he took steps to ensure no DNA was left at the crime scene and no identifying factors led police to believe he was a suspect.
Police say there were no signs that Patterson knew anyone in the Closs family before Jayme was kidnapped, and Patterson told police he decided to kidnap the teen after seeing her board her school bus.
On October 15, the night Jayme was kidnapped and her parents were murdered in their Barron County, Wisconsin, home, Patterson arrived at the home just after 1 a.m.
He wore all black and armed himself with a 12-gauge Mossberg pump shotgun, according to the complaint.
Patterson chose the Mossberg “because he had done research and knew that the Mossberg brand shotgun was one of the most heavily manufactured or owned shotguns and assumed it would be more difficult to trace,” according to the complaint.
He also wiped down all of the shotgun shells while wearing gloves, and cleaned and wiped down the gun to ensure no fingerprints would be left behind, the complaint said.
He then loaded the gun while wearing gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on the shells, according to the complaint.
To keep from leaving DNA evidence behind at the crime scene, Patterson shaved his face and head, and to hide his identity further, attached stolen license plates to his Ford Taurus so police couldn’t track him, the complaint said.
Investigators said Patterson also he disabled his car’s dome light and removed the cord that would allow his trunk to open from the inside.
After taking Jayme captive in his Gordon home, Patterson made her change her clothes, and burned the ones she was wearing to hide the evidence, the complaint said.
Jayme told police that Patterson would make her hide under his bed when he had friends over, and made it clear “that nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her,” according to the complaint.
He would also turn music on his his room so she couldn’t hear if anyone else was in the home, the complaint said.
On the day Jayme escaped last week, Patterson was driving around looking for the teen when he was confronted by police.
“I did it,” Patterson told police when they pulled over his red Ford Taurus, according to the criminal complaint.
He is being held on a $5 million cash bail.
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