Feds catch ex-Detroiter who dodged deportation flight

George Hunter
The Detroit News

A former Detroit resident who escaped federal custody this week in New York as he was en route to be deported to his native Africa was capture Friday, immigration officials said.

Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, escaped from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers Tuesday at John F. Kennedy Airport, where he was to be deported to Senegal. Federal authorities did not say how he gave agents the slip.

Mbacke was arrested Friday in a Chicago train station, according to an ICE press release Friday.

“He was taken into custody without incident at a coffee shop near the downtown Chicago Amtrak station with the assistance from federal partners,” the release said. “ICE and other federal, state and local authorities had been working around the clock developing and following up on leads, which led to Mbacke’s capture.”

Mbacke was arrested by Chicago-based members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Fugitive Operations team, the release said.

“Mbacke, an unlawfully present national of Senegal, was in ICE custody awaiting removal via a commercial airline flight through JFK International Aiport Tuesday before absconding,” the release said. “Video surveillance indicates that after eluding authorities, the man got into a taxi at approximately 9 p.m. and departed the airport.”

Mbacke entered the country lawfully in 2005 before violating the terms of his status. He was ordered deported in September 2015 by an immigration judge. Mbacke has previous criminal convictions for multiple weapons and firearms offenses, the release said.


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