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Records: Man lied about son’s involvement

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a third man charged in the disappearance of a UFC fighter’s stepdaughter lied about his son helping the initial suspect flee the area.

Police wrote in an arrest warrant that David Johnson Jr.’s son is believed to have driven Ibraheem Yazeed from Alabama to Florida, where Yazeed was caught and charged in Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance.

Police wrote in a charging document that Johnson first told police he saw Yazeed leave with a woman, but later admitted that it was his son that left with Yazeed on Nov. 7. He said he knew police were searching for Yazeed at the time.

Yazeed is charged with first-degree kidnapping.

Johnson is charged with hindering prosecution. He has been released on bond.

Police say another man, Antwain Fisher, helped Yazeed dispose of evidence. A judge Tuesday set a $50,000 bond for Fisher.

Blanchard was last seen Oct. 23 in Auburn. Authorities say found in a heavily wooded area of Macon County are believed to belong to Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris.

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This story has been corrected to show that it is David Johnson Jr.’s son who is believed to have driven Yazeed, not him.

The Associated Press