A violent fugitive who escaped ICE custody this week while waiting for a flight at JFK International Airport was arrested in Chicago Friday after nearly three days on the run.
Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, was taken into federal custody at a coffee shop near the downtown Chicago Amtrak station, ICE officials confirmed.
According to officials, Mbacke, an “unlawfully present national of Senegal,” eluded authorities at the New York airport Tuesday, got into a taxi around 9 p.m. and disappeared.
Mbacke has previous criminal convictions for multiple weapons and firearms offenses, according to an ICE spokesperson. He entered the country lawfully in 2005 before violating the terms of his status and was ordered deported in September 2015 by an immigration judge.
He was also arrested 10 times in New York City between 2006 and 2010, NYPD sources told NBC New York. All but one arrest is sealed; that one was marijuana-related. Those sources say he was also wanted for aggravated harassment in the city in 2016, though he wasn’t arrested. His last known address is Harlem.
Earlier, ICE described him as dangerous and warned anyone who sees him should not approach him.
Mbacke was only at JFK for a layover from Detroit en route to Senegal at the time of the brazen escape late Tuesday, sources and ICE officials said.
According to a criminal complaint, three ICE officers were waiting with Mbacke at JFK to board their connecting flight to Senegal when Mbacke asked for permission to sit about 8 to 10 rows away from the officers. They granted him the request, and that’s when he gave them the slip, according to the complaint.