A Minnesota teen who was kidnapped for almost a month swim across a lake Tuesday to escape her abductors, officers said.
The teenager, from Alexandria, Minn ., induced it safely across the lagoon before operating onto a property where she received assist, CBS Minnesota reported.
Authorities said the young girl was kidnapped on Aug. 8 by Thomas Barker, 32, who advised the teen to get into his vehicle and drove her to a residence in Carlos. Barker, his roommate and another friend physically and sexually assaulted the teenager, officers said.
“Barker tied her up with zip ties and then he, his roommate and friend over the next several weeks assaulted her and threatened her with weapons, ” Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said.
Police arrested Barker, Steven Powers, 20, and Joshua Holby, 31, in connection with the kidnapping, the New York Post reported.
The victim was able to make her escape after the kidnappers left her alone Tuesday, officers told. The teen reportedly knocked on the doors of a few cases homes but she did not receive any answers. She then jumped into the Thompson Lake and swam across.
When she got across the lake, she operated onto a farmer’s property. The farmer identified her and took her to safety.
“When she come walking out of the grass I’m thinking, ‘oh my gosh, you got to be kidding me, ‘” the farmer, who did not wish to be identified, told CBS Minnesota. “When I ensure her face I knew right away.”
He added: “It was just a great feeling,[ I told her]’ just get in the pickup, we’re going to help you now.’”
The 15 -year-old was transported to the hospital for minor injuries she sustained.
“This is an unbelievable young woman, ” Wyffels said. “She has a lot of strength. We guess a lot of her and her family. They’re all amazing people.”
The three humen were booked and all face assault, kidnap and false imprisonment charges.
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