(CNN) — CNN’s Jean Casarez reports that Jake Patterson’s father arrived at the Barron County Justice Center on Tuesday afternoon, saying he wanted to pass along a note to the Closs family.

In what’s believed to be the first public comment made by Patrick Patterson since his son’s arrest, Patterson was on the verge of tears as he spoke with CNN at the Justice Center, shaking with emotion. He looked directly into the eyes of CNN’s Jean Casarez and Jennifer Goelz, apologizing for not being able to speak for longer saying, “I’m sorry, I can’t talk,” several times.

Patterson did share with CNN, however, why he was at the Justice Center: “All I care about right now is Jayme’s family. I want to get them a note.”

Patterson was greeted by a deputy after speaking briefly with CNN, and escorted from the public area.

Comments (3)
  1. Audra Bennion says:

    You really think they care about money? You sick freak… They didn’t ask for this! They are not capitalizing on anything. They have fundraisers ONLY because the public asked for a place to send donations to help this HERO heal!

  2. Rick Wagner says:

    The comment by kenny rogers (@cezartovar) is ridiculously stupid and empirically exemplifies why social media is for entertainment purposes only.