The kidnapping of Jayme Closs: neighbors armed themselves in case of suspicion


"Get a" weapon ", Kristin Kasinskas recalled his neighbor, Jeanne Nutter, who said after Kasinskas brought them into her home in rural Gordon, Wisconsin – about 70 miles north of where she had been seen Last time Jayme.

Jayme, 13, had disappeared after his parents were found dead more than two months ago, neighbor Kasinkas said. And his alleged kidnaper was still out there, probably looking for her.

Kasinskas told CNN that she and her husband retrieved a gun they kept inside the house and brought the lean teenager into the living room, with unkempt hair and oversized shoes.

Kasinskas and Nutter called 911, passing the phone back and forth between them, while Kasinskas's husband was standing in front of the door with his gun, in case Jayme's alleged kidnapper entered the courtyard before the police arrived. "We were armed and ready," Kasinskas said in an interview on Sunday.

"Me and my neighbor … I thought it legitimate for someone to come and get her," said Kasinskas. "We did not even have time to scare us, it was happening quickly."

Then, while the teenager that the entire state was looking for was sitting in his living room, Kasinskas made a surprising discovery: he knew the man that Jayme identified as his kidnapper.

The suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, a 21-year-old resident of Gordon, was arrested shortly after Jayme was discovered last Thursday. He will face two heads of intentional first-degree murder for killing Closs's parents and counting kidnappings, said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald on Friday.

CNN has contacted the lawyers of Patterson and is waiting for news.

'I think it was my student & # 39;

A mysterious phone call at the beginning of October 15 led authorities to find out that Jayme's parents – James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 – had been shot dead in their home near the small town of Barron, in northwestern Wisconsin. The call came from Denise Closs's cell phone. No one on the line spoke to the dispatcher, but the dispatcher "could hear a lot of screams". Jayme vanished that day.

Suggestions arrived. About 2,000 volunteers – roughly two-thirds of Barron's population – looked for Jayme at some point. The city has never stopped hoping. But there was still no trace of her, until Nutter, who was walking with his dog, met the teenager last Thursday.

Jayme was alone, without a coat or gloves in the cold Midwest, Nutter said.

"I'm lost, and I do not know where I am, and I need help," Nutter remembers before Jayme took the girl to the Kasinskas home.

The teenager said she was held captive by someone in a neighboring house who "killed my parents and took me," Kasinskas told CNN last week.

Jayme Closs, left, and the suspect in his abduction, Jake Thomas Patterson

"When I was with the 911, I was asking the questions: Jayme was not talking to her alone, I asked her," Who was you? "And" where did they get you? " I asked about the vehicle, he said "red car, Jake Patterson", said Kasinskas.

Kasinskas said he told the dispatcher of 911: "Jake Patterson, Jayme, this is true".

When Jayme pronounced the name, Kasinskas said he recognized it immediately. He teaches science to middle and high school students and remembers a middle school student named Jake Patterson.

"In my mind, I said," oh, that can not be the same person, "he said. But Jayme said he was 21, and Kasinskas also understood the aligned times.

"I think he was my student," he recalled.

Nothing in particular stands out on Patterson in middle school, said Kasinskas.

"He was very quiet, not a troublemaker I can remember, just a quiet and very intelligent child," he said. "He was not super active in the life of the student body, he did well in class, he was a good student, I would not say the most popular child, but he had friends".

"It was in the neighborhood & # 39;

Jayme told them that Patterson would not be home until midnight, he remembers Kasinskas. But they were still worried that he might follow her.

Kasinskas said that she and her husband put their two children in the basement with the dogs "and told them to watch TV until we said it was OK to come back upstairs."

The two women hovered around Jayme as they waited for the police to arrive. The police showed up about 20-30 minutes later.

"The officer told us to get away from the windows and go downstairs," said Kasinskas. "An officer sent my husband to the back door and told him to stay there with the gun in case he came that way."

A few minutes later, the police radio crackled: Patterson had been arrested. He was not very far when the police found him, Kasinskas said.

"We were a bit scared when we heard," said Kasinskas. "We realized that he was returning to the neighborhood for her."

Marlena Baldacci reported from Chicago. Darran Simon wrote from Atlanta. Faith Karimi, Ray Sanchez and Ralph Ellis from CNN contributed to this report.



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