Jayme Closs' suspected kidnapper reportedly hosted a Christmas party in the house where police say he was holding the 13-year-old girl

Barron County Sheriff’s DepartmentJake Thomas Patterson, 21 (left), reportedly hosted Christmas at the home where police say he held Jayme Closs captive in December.
  • Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping, and armed burglary in connection to the abduction of Jayme Closs and the murder of the 13-year-old girl’s parents.
  • On Tuesday, two sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson hosted a Christmas party while he was holding Jayme hostage at his family’s house in Gordon, Wisconsin.
  • According to the report, Jayme was forced to hide under a twin bed while Patterson’s family was over.

More than two months after police say Jake Patterson killed Jayme Closs’ parents and took the 13-year-old girl hostage, he reportedly hosted Christmas party at his family’s house where authorities say he was keeping the teen captive.

This is according to two law enforcement sources who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a report published Tuesday.

According to the report, Jayme was forced to hide under a twin bed while Patterson’s family was over.

One of the sources said Patterson “told (Jayme) that if she made a noise or tried to escape, he would kill her.”

Patterson's retreatWCCOThe 13-year-old girl made a daring escape from this Gordon cabin on January 10, while Patterson was out of the house.

The law enforcement sources, who asked to remain anonymous, told the newspaper that the party consisted of Patterson’s father, sister, and their respective dates.

There was no indication that the family members knew Jayme was being held in the home, the sources said.

The Journal Sentinel reached out to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald for comment, but he said that he could not confirm whether the gathering took place or not.

Jayme made a daring escape from the home on January 10, after Patterson had left for the day. A neighbour came across her on the street and they went to another neighbour’s house to call police.


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Patterson was arrested later that day and charged with kidnapping, armed burglary, and two counts of intentional first-degree homicide. If convicted, he faces a mandatory life in prison sentence.

While Patterson’s father cried in court during his son’s arraignment, he later told CNN: “All I care about right now is Jayme’s family.”

Patterson’s grandfather, Jim Moyer, told ABC News that the family had no idea what he was up to.

“Nobody had any clues up until this thing happened,” Moyer said.

Read the full report at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel »

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