Alexandria Teen, Missing for 29 Days, Describes Escaping from Alleged Abductors
Police said three people have been arrested after 15-year-old Jasmine Block was found late Tuesday afternoon
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Alexandria Police have released more information into the case of a missing teen nearly a month ago.
Police said three people have been arrested after 15-year-old Jasmine Block was found late Tuesday afternoon.
Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, Minnesota, Joshua Holby, 31, of Carlos, Minnesota and 20-year-old Steven Powers of Mankato are all facing kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault charges.
The teen said on the evening of August 8th, Barker approached her while she was outside her home on the 200 block of North McKay Avenue and asked her for help.
Police said the teen knew who Barker was and offered to help him and got into his car.
They said Barker then drove the teen to his Carlos home and tied her with zip ties and assaulted her.
Police said Holby, who lives with Barker, also took part in the assaults.
The teen told police Powers arrived about two weeks after she was kidnapped and also assaulted her.
She told police the men took her to different locations in the area, including a cornfield and into Grant County before leaving her alone where she says she escaped and ran for help.
Police said the teen began knocking on doors to several homes and then began swimming across part of Thompson Lake where she spotted another person and ran to them for help.
Police are asking farmers in Pope, Grant and Douglas counties to check their corn fields for damage where a vehicle may have been driving through or for the clothing the teen said she lost while trying to escape.
Alexandria Police held a press conference this afternoon on the case and we have a crew on the scene.
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