Charges filed in Alexandria teen kidnapping

Her mother, Sarah Block, shared a photo of Jasmine on Facebook on Tuesday.

Police issued a press release saying Jasmine Block was found in rural Grant County on Tuesday. As she took shelter in the man's truck Jasmine informed him that a vehicle passing by was one of the men who kidnapped her. Melchert relayed that information to arriving officers and the driver, Steven Michael Samuel Powers, was arrested. Barker, Powers and Holby are now being held in the county jail on probable cause for kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault.

The teenager was reportedly taken to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been reunited with her family.

From left, Thomas Barker, Steven Powers and Joshua Holby, who authorities say kidnapped, assaulted and held 15-year-old Jasmine Block against her will for almost 30 days after she was taken from her home in Alexandria, Minnesota. The man bound her with zip ties, over and over ambushed her and undermined her with weapons. Josh Holby lives with Barker and took part in the assaults, as did Steven Powers, who arrived at the home about two weeks after the abduction. There, the teen was allegedly repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted.

"Jasmine is an unbelieveable young woman and this is an awesome story", Wyffels said.

On Tuesday, her captors left Block alone for the first time, giving her the flawless opportunity to make her escape, officials said.

While she was sitting in the Good Samaritan's auto, awaiting police to arrive, she spotted Steven Powers drive by and alerted the man, who helped police track down that suspect, reported Voice of Alexandria.

During questioning, Powers admitted to staying at Barker's place for two weeks and having sexual relations with the girl.

Three men are now in custody on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault.

According to Chief Wyffels, none of the suspects said why they targeted the 15-year-old. God answers prayers! I am so damn proud of her and so happy to have her home safe with us. The girl was last seen by her mother around 10:30 p.m the previous night laying on a recliner suffering from a migraine.

A farmer who was asked for help by Block when he returned to his property requested to hide his identity and told WCCO, he left his work and returned home as he forgot something at home when he returned home he found Block standing outside his house, she asked him for help.

Jasmine was featured in Dateline's Missing in America series shortly after she disappeared.


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