'Violent' ICE Detainee Escapes from Custody at JFK Airport

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A prisoner in the process of being deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement escaped from custody Wednesday at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said.

Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, was being deported to his native Senegal when he broke free and hopped into a taxi Tuesday night, according to a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The agents had removed his handcuffs and were about to take him onto a plane when he took off running.

Port Authority police could not immediately provide a description of the suspect.

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Mbacke was last spotted wearing a black or purple shirt, jeans, and sneakers. He is 6 feet 3 inches and weighs about 190 pounds. Mbacke ran away from the ICE agents escorting him at Terminal 4, Gate B23.

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

Officials say they caught the man on surveillance video climbing into a taxi. ICE along with state, federal and local authorities are now actively seeking his whereabouts.

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