The kidnapping suspect in the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard has been arrested.
Police have arrested a man in northwest Florida in connection with the disappearance of Aniah Haley Blanchard, the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris. Her damaged vehicle was later found abandoned in Montgomery.
Investigators initially said they didn't believe Blanchard was the victim of foul play, but evidence has since been recovered from her auto indicating that she was harmed, police said late last month.
On Thursday, Auburn Police identified 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed as a suspect and issued a first-degree kidnapping warrant, letting the public know Yazeed was risky and possibly armed.
© Auburn Police Division Police released an image of a person of interest in the case of Aniah Haley Blanchard, who disappeared on October 23, 2019.
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Friday marks the sixteenth day of Blanchard's disappearance.
An agent says around 11 p.m. Thursday night, Yazeed ran from authorities and hid in a brushy area near I-10 and Pine Forest.
Yazeed was out on bond for charges of kidnapping and attempted murder from another jurisdiction, according to the statement.
U.S. Marshals in Florida converged in the area where he had been spotted and discovered him wearing all black.
"When we arrived on the scene, the suspect fled the area, but he was located by Escambia sheriff's officers and marshals in a wooded area near the exit", Maj.
Yazeed's run-ins with Alabama law enforcers date back nearly a decade.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP, or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.