BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The father of a man charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing the 13-year-old girl's parents says his family's heart is broken for the Closs family.
Patrick Patterson, father of Jake Patterson, spoke exclusively to ABC News.
"I most definitely want Jayme's family to know, everyone to know that our hearts are broken for their family," Patterson said. "I would like to humbly ask people to pray for a complete healing of Jayme's heart, mind, and soul. And I would also ask for people to pray for that for their entire family. I'm very sorry for everything that has happened."
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Patrick Patterson was in court Wednesday as his son waived his preliminary hearing and a Barron County judge bound Jake Patterson over for trial.
Patterson's arms were bound as Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald led him into the courtroom for the hearing. Patterson nodded and smiled at family seated in the room. WBAY partner station WEAU reports that Patterson mouthed the words "I love you" to his father.
On Oct. 15, Jake Patterson shot and killed Denise and James Closs in their home in Barron, according to prosecutors. A criminal complaint states Patterson took 13-year-old Jayme Closs to a remote home in Douglas County and kept her hidden under a bed. Jayme said she was forced to stay under the bed for 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks.
On Jan. 10, Jake Patterson left the house and told Jayme he would be gone for five or six hours. That's when the teen made her getaway.
Jayme was able to push the weighted bins and boxes Patterson used to block her under the bed, put on a pair of his shoes, and walked out of the house in Gordon, which is about an hour north of Barron. That's when she was able to track down a woman who was walking a dog. The woman took Jayme to a nearby house where neighbors called 911.
Officers tracked down Patterson's vehicle and took him into custody a short time later.
"I did it," Patterson told the deputies who stopped him.
Patterson told investigators that he saw Jayme get on the school bus on Highway 8 during his drives to work. He said he had no idea who she was, but "he knew that was the girl he was going to take."
Patterson had no connection to the Closs family.
Patterson is charged with two counts of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, one count of Kidnapping and one count of Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon.
He's being held on a $5 million bond.
Patterson's arraignment hearing is scheduled March 27 at 1 p.m.