Mankato Man One of Three Arrested in Missing Teen Case

Missing Minnesota Teen Jasmine Block Found Safe, Three Arrested

15-year-old girl ran, swam to flee her 3 abductors, Minnesota police say

"Don't call them or anything".

Authorities said Block was kidnapped on August 8 by Thomas Barker, 32, who urged the teen to get into his auto and drove her to a residence in Carlos.

Police say Holby lives with Barker and took part in the assaults, as did Powers, who arrived two weeks after the abduction.

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.

It shows the 15-year-old wrapped in a blue blanket, standing next to her mother with a slight smile on her face.

"When she come walking out of the grass I'm thinking oh my gosh, you got to be kidding me", the farmer said.

There, Barker allegedly restrained her with zip ties and he and Holby assaulted her, while threatening her with weapons. She was repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted by him, his roommate and one of his friends.

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During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, police revealed that the three men were suspected of abducting Block and torturing her for 29 days. It was at this location that the three men eventually left her alone when they left to get some food.

According to Chief Wyffels, none of the suspects said why they targeted the 15-year-old.

Then on Tuesday, the men headed to a nearby town for lunch, leaving Block unattended for the first time since her abduction. She identified herself as Jasmine Block to the man, but Wyffels said the man already knew who she was because her disappearance was in the news.

The girl's mother told police that when she left their mobile home that evening, her daughter complained of having a migraine headache and was lying on the couch. The farmer, still on the line with the 911 dispatcher, notified authorities.

"Mr. Powers (who was driving that vehicle) was then arrested", Wyffels said. She went to several homes for help but no one answered.

Thomas Barker, 32, Joshua Holby, 31, both of Carlos, Minnesota and 20-year-old Steven Powers of Mankato are all facing kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault charges. He said he had no explanation as to why anyone would do this. "We will continue building on the information".

Police say the public is not at risk.

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