A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say an immigration detainee who they were deporting back to Senegal, escaped custody at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The prisoner fled in a taxi
CBS New York Reports Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke was in the custody of ICE agents at JFK Tuesday night when he fled around 8:30 p.m, according to Port Authority officials, he was supposed to be put on a connecting flight at Terminal 4.
His handcuffs were removed as he was put through the X-ray screening machine when he somehow managed to escape from agents.
Law enforcement officials told CBS they have him on surveillance camera getting into a taxi outside the terminal.
ICE says Mbacke entered the U.S. lawfully in 2005 before violating the terms of his status.
Mbacke’s deportation was ordered back in September of 2015.
ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls says the 31-year-old Mbacke is described as a “violent deportee,” and has criminal convictions for weapons offenses.
NYPD sources say he was arrested 10 times in the city between 2006 and 2010.
Walls warns Mbacke still remains at large, but officials say there is no threat to the airport.