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Suspect Allegedly Told Police How He Chose Jayme Closs

Criminal complaint says Jake Thomas Patterson saw her get on a school bus
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2019 1:39 PM CST
Updated Jan 14, 2019 2:36 PM CST
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald holds up the booking photo of Jake Thomas Patterson, who allegedly kidnapped Jayme Closs, during a news conference, Friday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Barron, Wis. Closs,...   (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – Jayme Closs told police she didn't know Jake Thomas Patterson in the slightest. A criminal complaint filed Monday details how the man accused of kidnapping the 13-year-old allegedly knew her. The AP reports the complaint states that Patterson told investigators that he had to stop behind a school bus one day while driving to work at a cheese factory near Almena, Wisconsin. Per the complaint, he said he saw Jayme get on the bus and "he knew that was the girl he was going to take." More:

  • WKOW reports he allegedly told investigators that he did not know who she was or who else lived at her home. He didn't know her name until after he had taken her.
  • Patterson worked at Saputo Cheese Factory for just two days before quitting.
  • The complaint states that Patterson went to the Closs home on two prior occasions intending to take the teen, but found too many people around each time.

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