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Suspect in Aniah Blanchard case arrested in Florida

UPDATE: According to Auburn Police, at about 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, assisted by deputies with the Escambia County Sh...
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UPDATE: According to Auburn Police, at about 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, assisted by deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, took Ibraheem Yazeed into custody. He is being held pending extradition to Lee County, AL, to face a charge of kidnapping first degree.


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NOV. 7: Auburn Police have identified the person of interest in the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard as Ibraheem Yazeed, 30 years of age, from Montgomery, Alabama. There is a warrant for his arrest for kidnapping in the first degree.

Currently, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Taskforce and other agencies are actively searching for Yazeed. Yazeed is out on bond for the charges of kidnapping and attempted murder from another jurisdiction. He should be considered dangerous and potentially armed.

The charge stems from the investigation of the disappearance of Aniah Haley Blanchard between Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 24. Investigation and analysis of evidence has determined that Yazeed was at the same location Blanchard was last seen and is involved in taking Aniah against her will. Additional charges and/or arrests are anticipated.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or having information on this case is asked to call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP, or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.


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The Auburn Police Division is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person captured on video surveillance inside the convenience store at the time Aniah Haley Blanchard was last seen and disappeared on Oct. 23.

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The individual in the video is described as a black male, early-mid 20’s, approximately 200 lbs., and is between 5’ 8” and 5’ 10”. He is wearing dark-colored pants, dark-colored shoes and a camouflage colored hooded jacket with “Vans” in white writing across the back. The individual in the video was observed leaving the area in what is described as a late 2000’s model Lincoln Town Car, silver or gray in color.

As part of the ongoing joint investigation with the Auburn Police Division and the Montgomery Police Department into Aniah’s disappearance, investigators are seeking to identify the individual in the video and speak with him.

ANYONE with information on his identity is being asked to call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391, or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.

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