ICE detainee escapes from JFK Airport

Marsha Scott
March 29, 2018

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.

A prisoner being deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents escaped their custody at JFK Airport, catching a taxi to freedom.

Officials say Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, who is in the country illegally, fled from the screening area and jumped into a yellow cab around 9 p.m.

Port Authority officers were notified about the escape 45 minutes after it occurred. He was ordered deported in September 2015 by an immigration judge.

He has previous criminal convictions for multiple weapons and firearms offenses.

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The Port Authority Police said the incident took place Tuesday night around 8:30 Gate B23 in Terminal 4 while ICE agents were in the process of transferring him to another flight.

Surveillance video captured the man getting into a taxi and leaving the airport, a law enforcement source told the Daily News. He is 6 feet 3 inches and weighs about 190 pounds.

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

Federal and local agents are searching for him, and members of the public should not try to apprehend him.

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