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Prayer celebration set for Friday to welcome Jasmine Block home

Prayer celebration set for Friday to welcome Jasmine Block home

Three men are under arrest and will be charged this week in the abduction.

Jasmine Block was found safe on Tuesday in rural Grant County, which is just west of Alexandria. All three remain in police custody awaiting formal kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault charges.

Following her rescue, the 15-year-old girl was taken to Douglas County Hospital before being reunited with her family reported KARE.

Block told police on August 8th, Barker approached her while she was outside her home and asked her for help. However, Wyffels said that she would need all the support that she can get from her community to recover from the ordeal that she had gone through. "Barker tied her up with zip-ties and then he, his roommate and a friend repeatedly assaulted Miss Block and threatened her with weapons". The other two suspects, identified as Steven Powers, 20, of Mankato, and Joshua Holby, 31, of Carlos, were located in Glenwood a short time later and arrested.

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

Far too often, something like this becomes a tragic end result, but this time, a young woman's bravery and ingenuity led to a reunion.

Last week, the trio of suspects drove the girl from one location to another, including a cornfield and a foreclosed property in Grant County.

Authorities said that the 15-year-old was acquainted with at least one of the suspects. Once to shore, she ran to a nearby farm where a man immediately recognized her.

During questioning, Powers admitted to staying at Barker's place for two weeks and having sexual relations with the girl.

These assaults continued over the several weeks she was being held. Sarah Block wrote on Facebook Tuesday night. "When I saw her face I knew right away".

The teenager had been the subject of an extensive search after disappearing from her home. WCCO-TV reported that she found a farmer and asked him to call 911. Her mother told police that Jasmine came home early with a migraine, and was resting on the couch when her mother went out to attend to a family emergency.


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