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‘Violent deportee’ flees JFK airport in a taxi

  • Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, escaped federal agents at New York City’s JFK Airport on Tuesday as he was being deported 
  • Reports say the man had his handcuffs taken off to go through security when he fled and caught a taxi outside the airport
  • The New York Daily News reports that the man was being deported over a weapons charge and has been described as ‘violent’ 
  • It’s unclear which country Mbacke was being sent to  

A ‘violent’ 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 the man, who has not been identified, was being transferred to another plane at the airport. 

He escaped Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who were going to escort him onto the next plane, when they took off his handcuffs so that he could pass through security.


A man who was supposed to be deported on Tuesday, fled federal agents at JFK Airport’s Terminal 4 and got away in a taxi. Above, a look at the taxi queue outside the airport 

The man allegedly escaped from the agents at Gate B23, in Terminal 4, around 8:30pm on Tuesday.

It’s unclear where the man was being deported.  

Surveillance footage was obtained showing the man catching a yellow taxi outside the airport, but that video has not yet been released to the public. 

For now, authorities are not releasing the man’s name or a description. 

The New York Daily News reports that he is ‘violent’ and was being deported for a weapons charges.  

Port Authority police have released a statement, saying: ‘An individual being transported by federal immigration officials at JFK Airport last night eluded custody during transfer to a connecting flight. A check of video cameras by authorities showed the individual left the airport in a cab. Federal authorities would know if he is still at large. He was not taken into custody in the airport by the Port Authority Police Department.’