The suspect in the kidnapping of an Alabama woman who has been missing since last month was allegedly seen taking her against her will at the convenience store where she was last seen alive.
Citing a probable cause affidavit, the Montgomery Advertiser reported that someone spotted Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, forcing Aniah Blanchard, 19, into her vehicle and leaving with her on October 23. Two days later, her vehicle was reportedly found damaged at an apartment complex in Montgomery, roughly 50 miles from the Auburn store where she was last seen.
Yazeed—who was out on bail on attempted murder charges—was apprehended early Friday in Escambia County, Florida, after Alabama authorities issued an arrest warrant on first-degree kidnapping charges in connection with Blanchard’s ongoing disappearance. WRBL reported that Yazeed, who is booked at Escambia County Jail, will be extradited to Auburn.
The Advertiser also obtained the charging affidavit, which stated that a “life-threatening” amount of blood located on the passenger’s side of Blanchard’s vehicle belonged to the missing teen.
Blanchard, who is from Homewood but lives in Auburn, had reportedly talked to a friend prior to her disappearance. She was said to have also sent Snapchat messages to her roommate indicating that she was with a man she had recently met.
Blanchard was described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 125 pounds, and having brown eyes and brown hair. She was reportedly last seen wearing a black dress, tan duck boots, and black stockings.
Anyone with information regarding Aniah Blanchard’s whereabouts, or an accident involving her vehicle, is urged to contact the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.
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[Featured image: Aniah Blanchard/Facebook; Ibraheem Yazeed/Escambia County Sheriff’s Office]