Man Helps Kidnapped Girl and Gives Her His $7000 Reward

10 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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On Friday, the Alexandria Police Department presented Mr. Melchert with a $7,000 reward that had been offered for information leading to Ms. Block's return; $2,000 had come from Ms. Block's family and $5,000 from an anonymous donor.

On Sept. 5, Earl Melchert stopped by his home momentarily to pick up something he'd forgotten.

"Today we witnessed an incredible example of kindness", the Alexandria Police Department posted on Facebook later, describing Melchert as "the man who made the call everyone was waiting for" on the day he spotted the girl.

She told local news: 'He's really a hero for us.

Ms Block was held captive for 29 days in Minnesota and had been sexually and physically assaulted, police say.

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She escaped her alleged kidnappers and swam across a lake to find help.

As Melchert drove Jasmine to the authorities, she spotted a auto driven by one of the three men now charged in the case, leading to their arrests the same day she was found.

She had escaped from a nearby abandoned house, where three men who abducted her had kept her for the previous few days.

'He believes that young lady that came running towards him that September day is the real hero, and without hesitation, Earl handed the reward over to her, followed by a big hug.

Mr. Melchert said he knew exactly what to do with the check: He gave it to Ms. Block. "I want to present this money to you and Jasmine". "I thought at first it was a deer", Melchert, whom PEOPLE could not reach on Monday, told the Times. Earl Melchert said that Jasmine Block and her family deserved the money more than him.

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Jasmine is said to have escaped when her captors went out to eat.

"The family needs the money", he told the Times.

"We can't thank you enough for what you did", the mother told Melchert on Friday. "[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'". "To me, yeah, that's a lot of money, but they need it way worse than I do", Elchert said.

Barker and two friends, Steven Powers and Joshua Holby, allegedly threatened the girl and assaulted her on multiple occasions. He wrote: 'Thank you Earl, it is people like you that make this world a better place'. "Things are looking up". "He risked a lot of things and put himself in danger". He is said to have told her that he needed help with a family emergency.

Barker, Powers and Holby are facing a slurry of charges including felony counts of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment, according to Fox 9.

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