Arrest Made In Connection With The Kidnapping Of UFC Fighter's Stepdaughter
By Bill Galluccio
November 8, 2019
Authorities in Florida have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris. Aniah Haley Blanchard was last seen on October 23 at a gas station convenience store in Auburn, Alabama. Police identified 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed as a person of interest after they saw him in surveillance video footage taken from the store.
He was taken into custody in Florida and is awaiting extradition back to Alabama. He was out on bond for separate kidnapping and attempted murder charges when U.S. Marshals arrested him.
Authorities have not located Blanchard and did not say if Yazeed is cooperating with the investigation.
“I would ask why he would attack someone so innocent. People attack people when they are vulnerable. I think this guy is no rookie at what he did he knows exactly what he is doing,” Aniah’s father, Elijah Blanchard, said.
Photo: Escambia County Sheriff's Office