The man accused of keeping Jayme Closs locked up in his house for three months reportedly held a family gathering Christmas Day in the same home in which he was keeping the teen imprisoned.
Jake Patterson, 21, hosted the gathering, which was attended by his father and sister, at the home in Gordon, Wisconsin, sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
While Patterson and family and friends partied upstairs, Closs, 13, was forced to hide under a twin bed, the report stated. There was no indication the family members knew Closs was being imprisoned in the home.
“The family was there,” a police source told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a report published on Tuesday in the US.
Patterson “told [Closs] that if she made a noise or tried to escape, he would kill her.”
There’s no indication that any of the guests — who included Patterson’s father and sister — knew that a 13-year-old girl was imprisoned there, reports the New York Post.
It would take another 16 days after the holiday get-together for Closs to bravely make her escape, fleeing the isolated cabin in Gordon and finding help.
Police say Patterson would play music in his room when people came to visit, to drown out any noise Jayme might make. He’d also surround the bed she was under with containers so she couldn’t be seen.
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Fox News reported that Barron County Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald, did not immediately confirm the gathering.
Patterson forced the teenager to hide under the bed if people visited the home and played loud music to drown out any noise, according to a criminal complaint.
On January 10, Closs escaped from the man accused of holding her captive for nearly three months. Patterson was charged with kidnapping Closs and fatally shooting her parents — James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, after breaking into their home near Barron on October 15. Patterson is due back in court for a preliminary hearing February 6. If he’s convicted, he could face life in prison.
In recent days, more details have emerged around Patterson’s behaviour.
He apparently applied for a job online the day that Closs escaped, calling himself an “honest guy” even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.
According to a criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators that he broke into the house in the middle of the night, gunned down Closs’s parents and made off with the teenager, hiding her in a remote cabin for nearly three months.
Jayme escaped January 10, and deputies arrested Patterson minutes later relying on her description of him and his car.
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