A man from Senegal who authorities describe as “violent” managed to escape his ICE escorts as they were trying to deport him at JFK Airport in New York City.
In an even stranger twist, the man managed to elude ICE before he grabbed a taxi and left the airport.
Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke was due to be deported back to his home country of Senegal, after being convicted of several gun and weapons charges. He came into the country legally, but his legal status was revoked after his conviction and he was set for deportation.
Mbacke bolted his ICE escort when his handcuffs were removed to walk through security.
A ‘violent’ Senegalese man who was supposed to be deported on Tuesday escaped federal agents at New York City’s JFK Airport, then fled the terminal in a taxi.
Reports state that Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, flew into New York from Detroit, where he was scheduled to depart Tuesday night on a flight to his home country.
He escaped Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who were going to escort him onto the plane, when they took off his handcuffs so that he could pass through security.
Mbacke allegedly escaped from the agents at Gate B23, in Terminal 4, around 8.30pm on Tuesday.
Flight records show a Delta flight from New York to Diass, Senegal took off from Gate B22 at 10:37pm.
Surveillance footage was obtained showing Mbacke catching a yellow taxi outside the airport, but that video has not yet been released to the public.
The New York Daily News reports that Mbacke is ‘violent’ and was being deported for multiple weapons and firearms offenses.
He entered the country legally in 2005, but was ordered deported in September 2015 when he violated the terms of his immigration status.
He is described as being 6-foot-3 and weighing 190 pounds.
Senegal is a predominately Islamic country, but radicalization is rare in the country. There has been an uptick in deportations to the country under President Trump, reports say.
Senegal is a country of around 15million people, located in West Africa.
While Senegal is a secular state, Islam is the predominant religion, with its members accounting for about 94 percent of the country’s population.
While Islamic State affiliates have contributed to some instability in Africa – including in neighbor Mali – Senegal is a predominantly safe country.
According to an article last year by progressive news website Think Progress, Senegalese immigrants have seen an uptick in deportations since President Trump took office.
The report said that these deportations have not been getting much attention because Trump’s immigration focus has been on building a wall with Mexico and deporting Latin American immigrants.