A 15-year-old girl from Minnesota who went missing for nearly a month only to reappear in a rural part of the state has opened up about the terrifying ordeal she faced at the hands of three kidnappers, who held her captive in a trailer before transporting her via duffel bag to an abandoned home.
Jasmine Block claims that she was lured from her home in Alexandria by a family acquaintance named Thomas Barker, KMSP-TV reported. Barker, along with two accomplices named Steven Powers and Joshua Holby, restrained the teen and locked her in a closet inside his trailer.
“I was usually in a closet and I usually stayed quiet because I was scared they might hit me or do something,” she said.
The trio of kidnappers allegedly threatened block and assaulted her multiple times, taking shifts so as to never let her out of their sight. On Tuesday, Block spotted an opportunity to make a run for it.
“They went to the store to get some food, and they said it would be about an hour,” she recalled. The suspects had left her alone in a truck near Barrett, Minnesota, so she sprinted away from her captors and tried to flag down a Good Samaritan. Block then swam across a lake and landed on a farmer’s doorstep.
“I opened the door and told him to call 911,” she said. “[I said] ‘My name is Jasmine Block and I’ve been kidnapped.’ And he asked if I was the missing girl from Alex and I said ‘yes.’”
All three suspects have been arrested and charged with felony counts of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault, and false imprisonment. While Block is relieved to be free of her captors’ clutches, the ordeal took its toll on her emotional well-being.
“Like sometimes, I have problems sleeping because I close my eyes and I see their faces,” she said. “I’m scared to sleep because I might have bad nightmares.”
Block hopes to begin her freshman year of high school next week.