According to various news sources including ABC News, the Escambia County Florida Sheriff's Office arrested and booked Yazeed for first-degree kidnapping in connection with the Blanchard case, as surveillance footage from the date of the kidnapping, October 23, showed a perpetrator matching his description.
The 30 year old is being held in county jail for the Auburn police to pick him up on an out-of-state warrant, Hobbs said. Her auto was later found abandoned in Montgomery, more than 50 miles (90 kilometers) away.
Investigators initially said they didn't believe Blanchard was the victim of foul play, but evidence has since been recovered from her vehicle indicating that she was harmed, police said late last month. 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.
Police said they suspected foul play was involved.
US Marshals in Montgomery Alabama called the marshals in Florida Thursday after receiving a tip that Yazeed may be in the area of Pine Forest and Interstate 10 in the Sunshine State, local outlet WEAR-TV reported.
Blanchard's Honda CR-V was found Friday, Oct. 25 at a Montgomery apartment complex not far from busy Atlanta Highway.
"I am prayerful that the Lord touches this young man's heart so he will be honest and truthful and tell the authorities where our daughter is located", Blanchard's stepmother, Yashiba Blanchard, told Al.com.
Friday marks the sixteenth day of Blanchard's disappearance.
On Friday morning, November 8, that suspect, Ibraheem Yazeed, was captured approximately three miles from the Alabama border in Pensacola, Florida.
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.
His jail booking photo shows him with a swollen left eye.
In 2017, he was arrested for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer in Johnson County, Kansas.