An illegal immigration with several convictions for violent crimes escaped in a taxi at New York JFK this week as he was about to be deported.
Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke entered the U.S. legally in 2015 but his criminal convictions, including weapons and firearms offenses, violated his status. He was ordered to be deported by a federal immigration judge in September 2015.
After that he was released “with an ‘order of supervision’ pending deportation,” however in April 2017 he was arrested again “in the alleged armed abduction and sexual abuse of a woman he met at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino” whom he claimed to have been married to in a religious ceremony unrecognized in the United States.
He was being flown from Detroit to New York JFK and on to Africa. In order to clear security the TSA required ICE to take off the man’s handcuffs. And he ran off.
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The man was being escorted by three Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. He’s standing at a TSA checkpoint. The TSA helps him break free by requiring that his handcuffs get removed. And he managed to just leave, without being successfully pursued.
And ICE and TSA officials “didn’t tell the Port Authority Police Department of the escape until 9:15 p.m.”
There’s some conflicting information here that suggests he may have escaped as early as 8 p.m. and that it may have been 9:30 p.m. or later before it was reported.
Three ICE agents were escorting Mbacke from Detroit to an overseas flight when they removed his handcuffs at a security checkpoint in Terminal 4 around 8 p.m. Tuesday, law-enforcement sources said.
As soon as the shackles were off, Mbacke — who’s considered a “violent felon” — darted away and disappeared among the other travelers, sources said.
The ICE agents spent at least 90 minutes searching for Mbacke before alerting cops, with a Port Authority spokesman saying: “We were notified between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m.”
I’m not sure it’s the best procedure for the TSA to require removing restraints from violent felons who are flight risks, and then not telling anyone when they actually run off.