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A Minnesota teenager girl from Alexandria escaped from captivity swimming across a lake

Jasmine Block, a brave 15 old Minnesota teenager from Alexandria escaped after 29 days of captivity, time when she was physically and sexually assaulted. Held on captivity by three men, on Tuesday, they left the girl alone for the first time in 29 days.

She then swam across a portion of Thompson Lake in Grant County to a residential area, where she found the farmer who helped her.Jasmine has been reunited with her family. Three men were arrested Tuesday in connection with the alleged abduction of the 15-year-old in early August. Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, Minn.,  Steven Powers, 20, of Mankato and Joshua Holby, 31, of Carlos are being held in the Douglas County Jail on probable cause kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault.

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Three men were arrested

Block disappeared from her home on August 8 and since then has been the focus of an intense search by law enforcement and members of the community. According to the preliminary investigation, Thomas Barker approached Block outside of her home around 11 PM on August 8 on the pretense that he needed help with a situation. Mr. Barker was known to Block and so she offered to assist and entered Barker’s vehicle. The men took Block from Barker’s house, a foreclosed home more than 200 miles away, to various locations including a cornfield and a foreclosed property in Grant County.

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