Father of Jayme Closs Kidnapping Suspect Says 'Our Hearts Are Broken for Their Family'
Patrick Patterson said he and his family are "very sorry for everything that has happened"
The father of the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs after murdering her parents has spoken out, expressing his remorse to the teen girl’s family.
“My words can mean nothing after such a tragedy has taken place,” said Patrick Patterson, father of 21-year-old suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, in an interview that aired Thursday on Good Morning America. “I most definitely want Jayme’s family to know, everyone to know, that our hearts are broken for their family.”
Patrick Patterson added he’s “very sorry for everything that has happened,” noting “these words come directly from my heart and my family’s heart.”
Jake Thomas Patterson has not yet entered a plea to the charges he faces, including two counts of first-degree murder — both of which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison — along with counts of kidnapping and armed burglary.
Jayme was held captive for 88 days. She broke free January 10 from Patterson’s cabin outside of Gordon, Wisconsin, where Patterson allegedly kept her after fatally shooting her mother, Denise, 46, and father, James Closs, 56, on October 15 in the family’s home in Barron, nearly 70 miles away.
He allegedly has confessed to the crimes, according to a criminal complaint earlier obtained by PEOPLE.
The complaint alleges Patterson targeted Jayme, whom he did not know, after he spotted her getting on a school bus. It alleges he made two attempts to kidnap her prior to October 15, but backed off until his third attempt, when he allegedly shot Jayme’s father at the front door, then confronted Jayme and her mother hiding in a bathroom, where he shot the mother and bound the teen with tape before dragging her into the trunk of his vehicle.
At his Gordon cabin, according to the complaint, Patterson allegedly sometimes ordered Jayme under the bed for as long as 12 hours at a time — depriving her of food, water or bathroom breaks. Around Christmastime, Patterson allegedly went away to visit his grandparents while the girl hid under the bed, afraid to move.
“When he left the house, the defendant stated he would tell [Jayme] that she better not leave and told her bad things would happen if she tried,” the complaint alleges.
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“The defendant stated she knew she shouldn’t come out from under the bed when he was not there,” it continues. “The defendant stated that because of his anger outbursts [Jayme] complied and did as she was told.”
On the day Jayme escaped, Patterson had left her alone with a warning to stay under the bed, the criminal complaint alleges. But after Patterson left, Jayme fled the cabin and encountered a woman out walking dog, who then raced Jayme to a neighbor’s home from which police were called.
In his ABC News interview, Patrick Patterson said his family’s praying for Jayme and her family.
“I wish for a complete healing of Jayme’s mind, heart and soul,” he added.
He also thanked “the federal, local and state authorities for their professional and respectful way in which they have treated me and my family.”