Jayme Closs' Alleged Kidnapper Yawns During His Arraignment

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As a judge read the counts against him, the man accused of kidnapping teen Jayme Closs and killing her parents yawned, seeming bored with the proceedings. 

Jake Patterson, 21, is charged with fatally shooting Jayme's parents and kidnapping her from her Barron, Wisconsin, home in October. Appearing via video conference Monday to hear the charges, Patterson showed little emotion, rubbing at his face and even yawning at one point.

His father, Patrick Patterson, was a different story, weeping openly in court. He left afterward, walking hand-in-hand with his other son, Erik Patterson.

Asked by reporters whether he knew Jake allegedly had Jayme captive in his home, Patrick shook his head and offered no further comment.

According to the criminal complaint released Monday, Jake told officers "I did it" at his arrest. The complaint outlined in brutal detail how Jayme was abducted after her parents were killed by shotgun blasts to the head. 

Under questioning, Jake described his actions and his preparation, according to the complaint. He did not know Jayme's name, nor her parents' names, when he saw her getting on the school bus in the days before he acted, the complaint states.

She spent 88 days in captivity before managing to escape on Jan. 10, donning a pair of her alleged kidnapper's shoes and rushing out into the snow for help. 

The suspect's bail was set at $5 million, and he is next due in court on Feb. 6. He did not enter a plea.


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