ICE Is Chasing 'Violent Deportee' Who Escaped At The Airport

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee with a prior arrest on weapons-related offenses escaped custody late Tuesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, leaped into a yellow taxi cab and darted off, officials and law enforcement sources say.

Reports state that Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, flew into NY from Detroit, where he was scheduled to depart Tuesday night on a flight to his home country.

The prisoner allegedly fled when agents removed his handcuffs so he could pass through a security screening and be escorted onto a plane.

A law enforcement source told the newspaper that video captured the man jumping into a taxi and leaving the airport. He was ordered deported in September 2015 by an immigration judge.

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He is described as being 6-foot-3 and weighing 190 pounds.

Port Authority Police Officers did not hear of the man's escape until 9:15 p.m., a police spokesman for the agency said. He then bolted, Port Authority police said.

The Port Authority Police say that it happened Tuesday night at Terminal 4 while the detainee was supposed to be making a connecting flight. He was last seen wearing a black or purple shirt, jeans and sneakers.

An ICE spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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