Alexandria teen abducted, beaten until she swam to freedom

Thomas Barker Steven Powers and Joshua Holby are accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl

Thomas Barker Steven Powers and Joshua Holby are accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl

Alexandria police say three arrests have been made in the case of a 15-year-old girl missing for almost a month.

The 32-year-old knew Block and approached her outside her home in the 200 block of McKay Avenue N. around 11 p.m. on August 8 "on the pretense that he needed help with a situation".

On Wednesday, Alexandria Police Chief Richard Wyffels provided some details regarding what happened in the 29 days police say she was held captive. Once he got her into his vehicle, Barker used zip ties to restrain the teenager and took her to his Carlos home.

Holby and Powers lived with Barker and took part in the assaults.

When Jasmine arrived at Thomas Barker's home in Carlos, however, she encountered a "nightmare", says Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels. Jasmine has been reunited with her family.

Block, who had taken off her trousers and shoes in the lake to make it easier for her to swim across, ran towards his auto and asked him to call 911.

It was there that she got away, after the men went to town for lunch, leaving her alone for the first time, the police statement said.

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It is understood Barker convinced Block to get into a auto.

'God answers prayers!' she said. "What we know right now is that we have her and she is alive".

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Officers also want the public's help to find the girl's shoes and trousers, which she said she lost as she swam for help.

Police arrested Barker, Steven Powers, 20, and Joshua Holby, 31, in connection with the kidnapping, the New York Post reported. While en route, the girl spotted one of the suspect's vehicles. When she returned, the girl was no where to be found, but her cellphone was left behind.

"[Barker] tricked her by saying he would like her to come help with a family situation and Jasmine was already familiar with the other family members who do not live with him in that neighborhood", Wyffels said.

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