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Man Convicted of Escaping ICE Custody at JFK Airport

What to Know

  • A 31-year-old ICE detainee with a record escaped custody Tuesday at JFK, hopped into a taxi and fled the airport, Port Authority says
  • He was captured in Chicago Friday after a three-day manhunt, sources say
  • ICE says he has prior criminal convictions for multiple weapons and firearms offenses

A Senegalese man has been convicted of escaping from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A jury in federal court in Brooklyn deliberated for about two hours on Friday before finding Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke guilty of the misdemeanor.

Prosecutors had showed jurors a security videotape of Mbacke dashing through the airport last year after he ducked away from agents preparing to deport him to Senegal for a previous gun offense. Authorities tracked him down three days later in Chicago.

Defense attorney Jan Rostal accused federal authorities of falsely labeling her client as a threat to public safety. After the verdict, she said the case opened up questions about how the government handles deportations.

The conviction carries a sentence of up to one year behind bars.

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