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The father of the man suspected of killing a Wisconsin teen’s parents and then holding her captive in a remote cabin for nearly three months has made it clear that all he cares about is the victim and her family right now.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was charged Monday with murder and kidnapping in addition to armed robbery for allegedly abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, back in October. He had no prior links to Closs. He allegedly told police he decided to abduct her after spotting her getting on a school bus.
His dad, Patrick Patterson, visited the Barron County Justice Center on Tuesday in order to pass a message to the teen girl’s family.
"All I care about right now is Jayme's family. I want to get them a note," he told CNN.
He did not divulge the contents of that note. Instead, he told CNN he couldn’t talk. He was reportedly emotional.
The father was also present during his son’s arraignment on Monday when he tried to sit on the prosecution side before a deputy asked him to sit on the side of the defense, CNN reports.
Patrick Patterson sobbed when his son appeared over video conference.
Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he appreciates the gestures. Naiberg noted, "You can't blame the parents [for what their children do]."
Investigators believe Jake Patterson broke into the Closs home in October and then hid Jayme in a remote cabin before she escaped on Thursday. He had gone to the home twice intending to kidnap her but was not able to do it because too many people were around, a criminal complaint said.
Patterson allegedly bought a mask and dressed head to toe in black to kidnap the teen, taping her hands and ankles before he dragged her out to his car. He allegedly took her to a cabin where he forced her to stay under a bed when he had people over.
Patterson’s grandfather Jim Moyer told ABC News, "Something went terribly wrong, nobody had any clues ... We are absolutely heartbroken. It's wrenching to deal with. He was shy and quiet, he backed off from crowds, but a nice boy, polite. Computer games were more of a priority than social interaction."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photo: Barron County Sheriff’s Department]
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