Authorities in Auburn arrested Antwain Shamar Fisher in connection with the disappearance of college student Aniah Blanchard
35-year-old Fisher from Auburn, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, Friday and is being held without bond
Police have not released how he is connected to the case due to a court imposed gag order
Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, is already in custody, arrested in connection with the disappearance the 19-year-old
Blanchard was last seen at a gas station convenience store on October 23 – A witness to the kidnapping told police he saw Yazeed forcing Blanchard into her car
Blanchard’s car was found two days later about 50 miles away at, with
Police said Aniah’s blood was in the car and that she had life-threatening injury – Male DNA was also found in the car and a judge has now ordered Yazeed to undergo a DNA test
Fisher, 35, is the second man arrested by Alabama police in the disappearance of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris’ stepdaughter, 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard.
Auburn police confirmed Fisher was arrested on November 22 on a warrant charging him with Kidnapping First Degree. He was booked Saturday morning into the Lee County Jail, where he’s being held without bond, WRBL-TV reports.
Aniah Blanchard was last seen October 23 at a convenience store in Auburn, Alabama.
Foul play is suspected in the case. Investigators discovered a life threatening amount of Blanchard’s blood in the teen’s SUV when it was recovered a few days after her disappearance.
The vehicle was recovered later on in Montgomery, Alabama.
Investigators have maintained their belief more than one person is involved with Blanchard’s disappearance and are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Authorities have not released additional information about Fisher or his suspected involvement in Blanchard’s disappearance due to a court-ordered gag order.
Fugitive suspect in the disappearance of Alabama college student arrested by US Marshals Described as ‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect, Ibraheem Yazeed was taken […]
Surveillance video footage from the night she went missing showed Blanchard at the convenience store at the same time as Yazeed.
A witness then told police that he saw Yazeed forcing Blanchard into her own car – a black 2017 Honda CRV – and kidnapping her.
Blanchard’s car was found abandoned more than 50 miles away at an apartment complex in Montgomery two days after she went missing.
Pictures released by authorities show damage to the right front side of the car, as well as what appears to be scrape marks along the front passenger side door. The left side of the car appears to be undamaged.
Auburn police Detective Josh Mixon said Blanchard´s blood was found in the car, and it appeared she had suffered a life-threatening injury.
Aniah Blanchard, 19, was last seen alive making a purchase at a convenience store in Auburn on Oct. 23 while Ibraheem Yazeed was there. Ex-con IbraheemYazeed, 30, was […]
During court appearing Wednesday, Mixon said that convenience store video footage showed Yazeed, who was buying a beverage, look over at Blanchard.
Mixon said the witness, who was staying at a hotel near the convenience store, didn’t immediately tell police what he saw after his girlfriend told him not to get involved.
He said the witness later cried over his delay in talking to police.
prosecutors, meanwhile, told a Lee County judge that male DNA was found in Blanchard’s car, and the judge ordered Yazeed to submit a DNA sample.
A Lee County District denied bond for Yazeed, who also is charged with kidnapping, and said the case against Yazeed can proceed to a grand jury.
Judge Russell Bush also, denied a defense request to have prosecutors disclose the identity of the witness whose testimony is the main evidence linking Yazeed to the girl’s disappearance.
Prosecutors said they wanted to keep his identity closely guarded for his safety.
Defense lawyer Elijah Beaver noted the girl’s parents had done media interviews, including an appearance on the Dr. Phil television show despite a gag order that bars lawyers and potential witnesses from speaking with the media.
He said that although he supports a gag order, it should be evenly enforced or the defense should also get to talk to the media.
DA Brandon Hughes countered that the Harris family are just trying to find their daughter.
‘They are grieving parents. They are trying to find their little girl,’ Hughes said.
The judge said he would hold a hearing December 4 on a request from news organizations to lift the gag order.
The search for the missing college student is ongoing.