Man Gives Reward To Kidnapping Victim

Man Gives Reward To Kidnapping Victim

"I thought at first it was a deer", Melchert told The New York Times, saying he soon realized it was Block. Police say the man held her for four weeks and during that time, they say Barker and two other men sexually and physically assaulted her.

Shaken as she was after her escape, she was still able to help police find her kidnappers.

Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels also spoke, praising the community for spreading Jasmine's story quickly and widely.

Last week, about a month after the girl's escape, Wyffels called Melchert, commending him for his role in saving the teenager.

In a Facebook post, the Alexandria Police Department revealed that Earl Melchert gave Block the $7,000 he was rewarded for her safe return to her family.

"The reward money means absolutely nothing to me", said Melchert as he addressed Jasmine and her mother, Sarah.

"I opened the door and told him to call 911", she said.

"Thank you, Earl", the department wrote.

The money would have been a significant sum to Melchert, who only a week before had retired as an agronomy manager at the Elbow Lake Co-op Grain. "I want to present this check to you and Jasmine". "But it wouldn't be right", Melchert told Wyffels. As she ran across a field, Melchert spotted the teen and rescued her. He had left work that day because he had forgotten something at the house.

Melchert, who has retired since he found the escaped girl running across a field on his property in Alexandria, Minnesota, reportedly said he wasn't even supposed to be home that afternoon, on September 5, but had returned from work to retrieve a gas can.

The teen waited with Melchert in his pickup truck until deputies arrived. She added that she swam across the lake even though "I'm not a good swimmer". The man, identified by police as Steven Powers, 20, of Mankato, was immediately stopped and arrested. All three were charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment. We wanted to thank him. "I believe that if you hadn't been there that day that the outcome would've been totally different".

Earl says giving Jasmine his reward money was, "The best thing I've ever done".

In a Facebook post, Alexandria Police Department applauded Melchert for helping save the girl's life, describing him as "the man who made the call everyone was waiting for".

"The family needs the money", he explained.

The teen's mother, Sarah Block, called Melchert and his wife "amazing people" and said that she didn't think anybody else would have returned the reward money.

'What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl's heart today.

"You ran into one awesome individual in Earl Melchert", Wyffels said to Jasmine.

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