A Mankato man is among the three men under arrest in connection with the month-long abduction of Alexandria teenager Jasmine Block
The 15-year-old Block disappeared from her home on August 8th and then was found Tuesday running through a farm field in Grant County. She identified herself, said she had been abducted and asked the man who found her to call 911.
The three suspects are being held in the Douglas County Jail on probable cause for kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault. They are 20-year-old Steven Powers of Mankato, 32-year-old Thomas Barker of Carlos and 31-year-old Joshua Holby of Carlos.
According to the preliminary investigation, Thomas Barker approached Block outside of her home around 11pm on August 8th on the pretense that he needed help. Barker was known to Block, so she offered to assist and entered Barker’s vehicle.
Barker drove Block to his Carlos residence. Once inside, he allegedly restrained her with zip ties, repeatedly assaulted her and threatened her with weapons. Police say Holby lives with Barker and took part in the assaults, as did Powers, who arrived at the home about two weeks after the abduction. These assaults continued over the several weeks she was being held.
Late last week, the men took Block from the house to various locations including a cornfield and a foreclosed property in Grant County. On Tuesday afternoon, the three men left Block alone while they traveled to a nearby town for lunch. This was the first time in 29 days she was left alone.
Block ran for help, knocking on doors at several homes and eventually swimming across part of Thompson Lake to locate a residence where someone could help her.
This remains an ongoing investigation and many details about what happened are still to be learned.