Jasmine Block, 15-year-old girl from Alexandria, Minnesota, was kidnapped on August 8th, 2017. The young teen was missing for nearly a month before being reunited with her family and loved ones on September 5th.
Jasmine’s story of being abducted is truly terrifying as she was suddenly taken by a family friend, someone she knew and trusted. According to Fox News, 32-year-old Thomas Barker asked Jasmine for help with a “family situation” before introducing her to a horrid nightmare.
Once Jasmine agreed, Barker lured her into the vehicle and drove her to his house a few miles away in Carlos, Minnesota. When they arrived, Barker reportedly tied her up with zip ties, assaulted her, and threatened the teenager with weapons.
The next few weeks were torturous for Jasmine as she was repeatedly, physically and sexually abused by Barker and his two friends. The friends have now been identified as 20-year-old Steven Powers and 31-year-old Joshua Holby.
29 days into the kidnapping, the three men finally left her in the house alone while they went out to lunch. Jasmine, being a strong and brave girl, took the chance to make her escape. The 15 year old made it out of the house, quickly knocking on a number of doors nearby. When no one answered, she swam across a lake to seek further assistance before her kidnappers returned from their outing.
Thankfully, a farmer who was on his way to work, turned his vehicle around when he realized he forgot something at home, reported NY Daily News. The farmer saw Jasmine and immediately recognized her from media reports, so he called 911.
The three men were soon arrested, facing multiple charges, and Jasmine was safely taken back to her home. According to Echo Press, a prayer celebration at a local church will be held for Jasmine Block on Friday. Thank you, Jesus, for answering the prayers of this family and bringing this young girl home safely!
Please join us in praise and prayer for Jasmine Block’s family as they recover from this traumatic situation. Sadly, another family of high school student is in need of prayer after their son passed away in a freak accident. Please join us in prayer for his loved ones, as well!