Accused kidnapper in Jayme Closs abduction says his motive is 'complicated'

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By Doha Madani

The man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and holding her for nearly three months has apologized to Jayme in a letter he wrote to a NBC-affiliate station. Jake Patterson, 21, also indicated in his letter that he planned to plead guilty.

Kare 11 reporter Lou Raguse in Minneapolis received a letter from Patterson postmarked Feb. 28. In it, Patterson answered questions Raguse had previously sent about Jayme’s kidnapping from her family’s home in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15.

Patterson is also accused of killing the teen’s parents.

Jayme Closs was found alive on Jan. 10, 2019 near Gordon, Wisconsin.FBI via EPA

He wrote that he provided police as much detail as he did “so they didn’t have to interview Jayme. They did anyways and hurt her more for no reason.”

“I knew when I was caught (which I thought would happen a lot sooner) I wouldn’t fight anything,” Patterson wrote.

Jayme, 13, was declared missing after police found her parents shot to death while responding to a 911 call. She was found 88 days later after escaping Patterson’s home in Douglas County, Wisconsin, about an hour north from where she went missing.

Patterson has been charged with her kidnapping and the deaths of James Closs, 56, and his wife Denise, 46.

The news station reported that Patterson’s attorney, Charles Glynn, could not confirm or deny the letter. The lawyer said he not spoken with Patterson directly about the letter, Kare 11 reported.

The reporter asked about Patterson’ motivation for wanting to kidnap the teen, his response: “It’s not black and white.”