Suspect charged with kidnapping Aniah Blanchard arrested in Florida


PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, the man wanted in connection to the disappearance of teenager from Auburn, has been captured in Escambia County, Fla.

Yazeed was booked in the Escambia County Jail at 2:30 a.m. on Friday. His mugshot shows he had a swollen left eye at the time of his booking. Jail records show Yazeed’s address listed as 2580 West Gate Street in Montgomery.

On Thursday the Auburn Police Department identified Yazeed as the man they believe abducted and harmed Aniah Blanchard, 19. She was last seen on surveillance video at a gas station on South College Street in Auburn on Oct. 23.

Earlier this week, police released a surveillance photo of a man authorities have identified as Yazeed in the same gas station at the time they believe Blanchard disappeared.

Two days after her disappearance, Blanchard’s car was found damaged at an apartment complex in Montgomery.

At the time of Blanchard’s disappearance, Yazeed was out of jail on bond for charges of kidnapping and attempted murder in Kansas.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 on-air and online for updates.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Alabama man who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’s stepdaughter.

News outlets report a warrant for first-degree kidnapping was issued Thursday for 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed in the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard.

Auburn police released images of Yazeed inside a convenience store where Blanchard was last seen on Oct. 23.

Blanchard was reported missing the next day. Her car was later found abandoned over 50 miles (90 kilometers) away. Police said the car contained evidence that Blanchard had been harmed.

A reward of about $105,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Alabama State Bureau of Investigation Captain Joe Herman told WSFA-TV that Yazeed was charged with attempted murder and kidnapping in February, but is out on bond. A judge revoked the bond Thursday.

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