Alexandria teen abducted, beaten until she swam to freedom

From left to right Thomas Barker Steven Powers Joshua Holby

She was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and has been reunited with her family.

Police said Barker approached the girl outside her home on August 8 and asked for her help with something.

It is understood Barker convinced Block to get into a auto.

Once there, he bound her with zip ties, repeatedly assaulted her and threatened her with weapons.

Thomas Barker
Thomas Barker

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.

He then brought her to a house where she was physically and sexually assaulted.

"This is an unbelievable young woman", Wyffels added.

Toward the end of last week, the men took Block from the house "to different areas including a cornfield and an abandoned property in Grant County", Wyffels said.

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Chief Wyffels said this was the first time in 29 days she had the opportunity to escape.

Authorities said that the 15-year-old was acquainted with at least one of the suspects.

While she was sitting in the Good Samaritan's vehicle, 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. Police said Powers visited Barker and Holby some weeks into the situation and became part of the process.

"These assaults continued over the several weeks she was being held", the statement read. The Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects before they are charged.

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He spoke to both Block and her family after she was returned home. "When I saw her face I knew right away". WCCO-TV reported that she found a farmer and asked him to call 911.

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

Officials said she swam across Thompson Lake. 'I am so damn proud of her [victim] and so happy to have her home safe with us. "Thank you all so much". Barker was known to Block and so she offered to assist and entered Barker's vehicle.

A message left with an attorney for Barker and Holby wasn't returned. The two got in the farmer's auto and were headed to Elbow Lake when Block recognized one of the vehicles of the suspect.

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