Man who rescued kidnapped girl (15) hands over €6000 reward to her

Man Who Helped Rescue Alexandria Teen from Kidnappers Gives Back to the Family

It was for this reason that Melchert was chosen as the recipient of a $7,000 reward for Jasmine's safe return after she disappeared from her Alexandria home on August 8.

'I opened the door and told him (Earl Melchert), to call 911.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that three men kidnapped Jasmine Block, 15, and held her captive for almost a month before she escaped on September 5.

On Friday, Melchert, was honored by the Alexandria Police Department and reunited with the girl he saved.

Of Melchert, she added that she and her family view him as a hero.

Block was kept in several homes during her 29-day kidnapping, and repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted by three men. Jasmine had fled from an empty foreclosed home on a nearby lake, swimming part of the lake to escape and find Melchert.

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As Melchert drove Jasmine to the authorities, she spotted a auto driven by one of the three men now charged in the case, leading to their arrests the same day she was found. Upon getting to Barker's home, police say he allegedly restrained her with zip ties. At that point, she spotted a vehicle belonging to one of the captors driving right past home.

"He believes that young lady that came running towards him that September day is the real hero and without hesitation, Earl handed the reward over to her, followed by a big hug", the department said on Facebook.

Mr. Melchert said he knew exactly what to do with the check: He gave it to Ms. Block. [I said] "My name is Jasmine Block and I've been kidnapped".

"The reward money means absolutely nothing to me", said Melchert as he addressed Jasmine and her mother, Sarah.

Block told WCCO 4 News that she escaped when the men left because they told her it would be an hour before they returned.

"The family needs the money", he explained.

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"To me, yeah, that's a lot of money, but they need it way worse than I do", he said.

Speaking out about her ordeal, Jasmine Block told Fox 9 News: 'I was usually in a closet and I usually stayed quiet because I was scared they might hit me or do something'.

'We wanted to thank him.

"Thank you, Earl", the department wrote.

"In fact I've told this story so many times I can't forget it", he said. The teen was abducted by a family friend, who is now in custody, after he lured her away saying he needed help with a "family situation". But this made me look at things a lot differently.

All three suspects have been charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment.

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