Patterson talks to reporter as Elizabeth Smart comforts Barron Community

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Elizabeth Smart, a kidnapping victim, talked to the Barron Community on Friday about healing in the wake of Jayme Closs’ kidnapping.

Closs was kidnapped and held captive for 88 days before escaping her kidnapper. Jake Patterson killed both of her parents before taking her to a home in Gordon, Wisconsin.

According the Star Tribune, Smart told the community it’s OK to smile when they run into 13-year-old Closs, but they shouldn’t stare at her. Smart was 14-years-old when she was abducted from her own home in Salt Lake City in 2002.

That same day, Patterson called a Minneapolis reporter to tell his side of the story.

In the phone interview, Patterson said he wants to talk to Jayme because he loves her, but knows he can’t.

During the 88 days Jayme was missing, Patterson said he liked being around her.

“We were just watching TV, playing board games talking about stuff. We cooked a lot, everything we made was homemade,” said Patterson.

“Do you have any regrets about what happened?” asked journalist Jennifer Mayerle.

Patterson did not elaborate on what those regrets were.

He faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.

Patterson’s arraignment date is set for March 27th.

His attorneys said they do not know what plea he will enter yet.