A 30-year-old Alabama man charged over the kidnapping of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris' 19-year-old stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard.
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.
Auburn, Alabama Police Chief Paul Register said in a news conference that authorities’ focus has been on “locating Aniah.” Aniah Haley Blanchard was reported missing by her family on October 24, 2019. “She last communicated with a friend on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, just before midnight,” police say of the 19-year-old. Authorities have indicated that Aniah might have crossed paths with Yazeed in a gas station convenience store. Her car was later found bearing damage.
According to ESPN, the MMA community has “rallied around Harris,” including contributing money to reward funds that now exceed $100,000. “I just pray that everybody keeps the hope alive,” Harris said to ESPN, which reported that he withdrew from a fight after Aniah vanished. “We’re staying hopeful.”
On Wednesday the Auburn Police Division released two photos of a person of interest in the case of missing 19-year-old Aniah Haley Blanchard, who vanished two weeks ago.