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Minnesota teen allegedly held for 29 days and raped, tied up

September 21 2017, 09:25 | Irvin Gilbert

A vehicle is loaded onto a tow truck near the area where law enforcement officials were searching. Beth Leipholtz | Forum News Service

A vehicle is loaded onto a tow truck near the area where law enforcement officials were searching. Beth Leipholtz | Forum News Service

The three men who allegedly kidnapped the teen - Thomas Barker, Joshua Holby, and Steven Powers - have been arrested by the police.

The criminal complaints filed against 32-year-old Thomas Jay Barker, 31-year-old Joshua Lee Holby and 20-year-old Steven Michael Samuel Powers detail the plot that led to the special needs teenager being held hostage for a month. She agreed, got in his vehicle and they drove to his home. There, he restrained her with zip ties and repeatedly assaulted her and threatened her with weapons.

This was the first time in 29 days she was left alone, Wyffels said.

After a month in captivity, an Alexandria teen is safe and back with her family following a what authorities are calling a courageous escape.

She then started knocking on doors to several homes and then swam across part of awhere she spotted a person and sought help.

Jasmine Block, 15, of Alexandria, Minn., made it safely across the lake before running onto a property where she received help, CBS Minnesota reported. "They're all fantastic people".

Three suspects were arrested in her disappearance.

Police eventually tracked down the other two suspects after a state trooper spotted their auto outside a home.

The Alexandria Police Department announced on its Facebook page that the girl, who had been missing since August 8, was located earlier that day about 40 miles from her home in Alexandria.

Unanswered questions: The girl was found in a rural area with minor injuries after her daring September 5 flight to freedom. Sarah Block wrote on Facebook Tuesday night. "She had a lot of strength and we are so proud of her". "The family is going to need a lot of privacy and a lot of community support to carry on". "She was up so I could see her but I couldn't tell what it was", he said.

Officials said she swam across Thompson Lake.

When the mother returned, Jasmine was gone, but her personal items were left behind.

"[Barker] tricked her by saying he would like her to come help with a family situation and Jasmine was already familiar with the other family members who do not live with him in that neighborhood", Wyffels said.

While the farmer was driving Block to authorities in a nearby town, she recognized another vehicle that was being driven by Barker.



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