Fugitive suspect in the disappearance of Alabama college student arrested by US Marshals
Described as ‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect, Ibraheem Yazeed was taken into custody Thursday night in Florida, around 11 pm
He has charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance of UFC fighter’s Walt Harris’ 19-year-old stepdaughter Aniah Haley Blanchard
Aniah Haley Blanchard who vanished two weeks ago was last seen in the early hours of Thursday October 23 in an Auburn convenience store and reported missing the following day
Her SUV was later found miles away in Montgomery, Alabama. The car was damaged and contained evidence that Blanchard had been harmed, police said
Yazeed, 30, was arrested on Thursday night after authorities received a tip that he had been spotted near Interstate 10 in Escambia County, Florida
Authorities say Yazeed fled the area on foot when they arrived but he was found soon after hiding in a brushy area
Yazeed was transported away from the scene in an ambulance and his jail booking photo shows him with a swollen left eye
Blanchard is the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter, Walt Harris
Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, was arrested on Thursday at about 11pm after authorities received a tip that he had been spotted near Interstate 10 in Escambia County, Florida.
Authorities say Yazeed fled the area on foot when they arrived but he was found soon after hiding in a brushy area near I-10 and Pine Forest.
Yazeed was taken away from the scene in an ambulance and his jail booking photo shows him with a swollen left eye. It is not yet clear how, or when, he sustained his injuries, WearTV reports.
He has since been charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance of the 19-year-old who was last seen at a gas station in Auburn, Alabama, on October 23.
Blanchard, a student at Southern Union State Community College, was reported missing the next day.
On Wednesday Auburn Police released two photos of a person of interest in the case of Blanchard, who vanished two weeks ago.
Video courtesy of weartv shows the suspect being taken away after his arrest on Thursday night
Auburn police this week released images of Yazeed showing him at the gas station at the same time Blanchard was there.
A reward of about $105,000 was offered for information leading to an arrest.
Yazeed was out on bond on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and first-degree robbery earlier this year at the time of Blanchard’s disappearance.
Those allegations stemmed from the beating of a 77-year-old man and involved other suspects. A judge revoked that bond on Thursday.
He was also arrested in 2017 for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, records show.
Yazeed pleaded guilty to felony drug possession in 2015, was charged with attempted murder in 2012 and was charged with two counts of robbery in 2011.
A $105k reward has been posted for any one with information about still missing Aniah Blanchard [photo]. The Alabama college student was last seen Oct 23
Blanchard’s heartbroken mother, Angela Haley-Harris, and her stepfather, UFC fighter Walt Harris, appeared on GMA on Thursday to plead for their daughter’s safe return. ‘We just want our daughter found,’ Haley-Harris said.
‘We need her back. We have to have her back. We can’t live without her, we can’t.’
Her parents said rumors she was going to meet a date on the night she went missing are not true.
“We know that’s not true because we were able to get into her accounts,” Harris said. “There was no communication with anybody outside of myself and her [mother] through her actual phone. Her social media accounts didn’t have any messages. The only person she was communicating with was her roommate,” Harris said.
Haley-Harris said the last messages from Blanchard to anyone were to her roommate over Snapchat in which she indicated she was with a guy she had just met. However, her mother does not believe Blanchard sent the Snapchat message because of “terminology” not consistent with her daughter, though she did not share specifics.
The concerned parents revealed that Beth Holloway, the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway, is aiding in the search. Natalee was 18 when she vanished during a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005.