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Witness tells cops he saw suspect Ibraheem Yazeed force teen Aniah Blanchard into a car, and blood evidence shows missing college student suffered ‘life-threatening injury’

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Blood evidence in the vehicle belonging to the missing stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris shows she suffered “a life-threatening injury,” according to police.

A state lab in Alabama found the evidence matched Aniah Blanchard, according to a police charging document obtained by local news outlets.

Blanchard, 19, was last seen alive making a purchase at a convenience store in Auburn on Oct. 23 while Ibraheem Yazeed was there.
he was designated a person of interest and was arrested in connection with her disappearance on Friday.
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Yazeed was identified as a suspect in the case on Thursday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on a first-degree kidnapping charge. The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force took him into custody shortly before midnight Thursday in Pensacola, Florida, and on Saturday he was behind bars in Lee County.

Blanchard was reported missing on Oct. 24. A total of 11 agencies are actively searching for her, with investigators keying in on the area between Auburn and Montgomery. Surveillance video from a convenience store put her in Auburn on Oct. 23, and photos from the store show Yazeed was there at the same time.
A witness told investigators that he saw Yazeed force Blanchard into a car, and an affidavit states blood evidence, “indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury,” was found in the passenger compartment of Blanchard’s 2017 Honda CR-V, according to TV station WSFA.
Her vehicle was found on Oct. 25 at an apartment complex in Montgomery, and it had sustained damage.

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The suspect Ibraheem Yazeed [photo],  has been charged with kidnapping.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said that authorities believe Yazeed did not act alone. Ibraheem Yazeed has been charged with kidnapping.

“We do think there’s a likelihood someone else is involved in this case and we hope to bring that person to justice as well,” he told The Associated Press.

Yazeed was taken into custody in Florida on Friday night, and he made his first court appearance in Alabama on Sunday. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping, and has a long history of arrests.
“To say the least it’s upsetting,” Harris told NBC News last week. “That you have a rap sheet as long as what I’ve been told and you’re walking around free. It’s confusing how a person that bad and that evil can be amongst us.”

Harris had been scheduled to fight on Dec. 7 against Alistair Overeem, but has withdrawn from the bout.
Yazeed was out on bond for a kidnapping case out of Montgomery when he was arrested in this case, and that bond has been revoked. It’s unclear whether a bail has been set for the latest kidnapping count.
A reward for information about Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance is now at $105,000.

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