Man arrested in connection with disappearance of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter

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Authorities have arrested a man that was being sought in the disappearance of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard.

Jail records show that Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested in Florida and booked into the Escambia County Jail early Friday.

"When we arrived, the suspect fled the area, but he was located by Escambia sheriff's officers and marshals in a wooded area near the exit", Escambia Sheriff's Maj.

Auburn Police said in a news release that Blanchard disappeared on October 23 after she was last seen on video surveillance inside a convenience store on South College Street.

This is a developing story.

Yazeed was out on bond at the time of Ms Blanchard's disappearance.

This photo provided by the Auburn Police Department, in Alabama, shows Ibraheem Yazeed.

On Thursday police identified Yazeed as the suspect seen on the same video surveillance as Blanchard before she went missing.

He had reportedly been out of jail on bond for attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of first-degree robbery when Blanchard disappeared.

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Harris was supposed to fight Alistair Overeem on December 7 at a UFC event in Washington D.C., but he withdrew from the event after Blanchard disappeared.

Andrew Hobbs said. The Pine Forest exit is the second exit east of the Alabama-Florida line. Those charges were ultimately dismissed by a grand jury, as were two attempted murder charges levied against Yazeed the next year after he allegedly tried to hit two police officers with a vehicle.

Yazeed was wheeled from the scene on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.

A mugshot from the Escambia County Jail appeared to show him with a black eye.

A request for information left with the Pensacola office of the U.S. Marshals Service by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned early Friday.

Yazeed's run-ins with Alabama law enforcers date back nearly a decade.

"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", the statement said Thursday.

Yazeed has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2011 when he was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, according to court records.

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