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A manhunt is under way for a former Detroit man who escaped federal authorities Tuesday at a New York airport, where he was about to be deported to Africa.

Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, described by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials as “an unlawfully present national of Senegal,” was in ICE custody Wednesday awaiting deportation at John F. Kennedy Airport when he escaped, ICE Detroit spokesman Khaalid Walls said in a news release.

“Video surveillance indicates that after eluding authorities, the man got into a taxi at approximately 9 p.m. and departed the airport,” Walls said.

Mbacke, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 190-pound black man, was last seen wearing a black or purple shirt, jeans and sneakers, Walls said.

“Mbacke entered the country lawfully in 2005 before violating the terms of his status,” Walls said. “He was ordered deported in September 2015 by an immigration judge.”

Mbacke spent two years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony firearm charge and carrying a concealed weapon in 2013, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website.

Last year, Mbacke was charged with several crimes, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, although he was found not guilty in January by a Wayne County jury.

“ICE along with state, federal and local authorities are currently actively seeking his whereabouts,” Walls said. “Members of the public should not to attempt to apprehend him and instead immediately contact authorities.”

Anyone with information may contact ICE at (888) 351-4024.

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