U.S. Marshals arrest man wanted for Aniah Blanchard's disappearance

Posted at 7:16 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 07:00:04-05

The man wanted in connection with the disappearance of Alabama student Aniah Blanchard has been arrested in Florida.

Around 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office got a call from the U.S. Marshalls to assist in an arrest at the Alabama/Pensacola line.

Auburn Police Department identified 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed as a suspect and issued a first-degree kidnapping warrant Thursday. They also identified him as dangerous and possibly armed.

WEARTV reports U.S. Marshals converged on the area and spotted him wearing all black and called the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

Authorities say Yazeed did resist arrest by fleeing, but was quickly found hiding in a brushy area near I-10 and Pine Forest.

Yazeed was taken to a local hospital after complaining of chest pains.

After being released from the hospital, Yazeed was booked into the Escambia County Jail early Friday morning.

He is being held without bond.

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.