Officials in Escambia County, Florida, announced the arrest of Ibraheem Yazeed who was apprehended near Pine Forest Road and Interstate 10, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Yazeed is being charged with first-degree kidnapping pertaining to the disappearance of Blanchard.
Her vehicle was later found abandoned in Montgomery, more than 50 miles away.
Police said the auto was damaged and contained evidence that she had been harmed. Following a police investigation which determined that Yazeed was also in the convenience store that Blanchard was last seen in, a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Auburn police released surveillance video of Blanchard inside a convenience store on the night of October 23 on South College Street. The police ask for anyone with information about Blanchard's whereabouts 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.
As for Blanchard, she's still missing.
On Thursday police identified Yazeed as the suspect seen on the same video surveillance as Blanchard before she went missing.
Blanchard's Honda CR-V was found Friday, Oct. 25 at a Montgomery apartment complex not far from busy Atlanta Highway. He was out on bond for separate kidnapping and attempted murder charges when U.S. Marshals arrested him.
Despite the arrest of Yazeed, Blanchard has yet to be found.
This photo provided by the Auburn Police Department, in Alabama, shows Ibraheem Yazeed.
"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 Major Andrew Hobbs said.
He was taken to a local hospital complaining of chest pains and was later booked into the Escambia County Jail where he awaits an extradition hearing, WEAR-TV reports.
In his mug shot, you can see that he has a swollen left eye at the time of his booking.