The incident happened on Tuesday night, at Gate B23 in Terminal 4, at about 8 p.m. ET. Agents had taken the detainee, Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, through an X-ray screening, removed his handcuffs, and were ready to accompany him onto the plane when he fled. Agents were transferring him from a Michigan flight for deportation to Senegal.
The man has been characterized as a “violent deportee”; according to law enforcement sources, he had previously been arrested on a weapons charge.
Surveillance video shows the man made his getaway in a taxi, per law enforcement sources.
However, ICE agents waited more than an hour to inform local police of the man’s escape; Port Authority police were notified at around 9:15 p.m. ET. The escapee still remains at large.