‘Violent’ Senegalese deportee, 31, flees JFK airport in a TAXI after federal agents took off his handcuffs to go through security
- Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, escaped federal agents at New York City’s JFK Airport on Tuesday as he was being deported to his home country of Senegal
- Reports say Mbacke had his handcuffs taken off to go through security when he fled and caught a taxi outside the airport
- He was reportedly being deported over weapons charges and has been described as ‘violent’
- Mbacke entered the country legally in 2005, but was ordered to be deported in September 2015 for violating the terms of his immigration
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.
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Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, escaped federal agents at New York City’s JFK Airport on Tuesday as he was being deported back to his home country of Senegal
Federal agents took Mbacke’s handcuffs off so he could go through security, at which point he bolted and caught a yellow cab outside the terminal (a view outside the terminal on another day, above)
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 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.
Source: Daily Mail