(NY DAILY NEWS) – A prisoner of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents escaped custody at John F. Kennedy Airport Tuesday night, authorities said.
The man, described as a “violent deportee” who was previously arrested on a weapons charge, slipped away from ICE agents at Gate B23 in Terminal 4 at about 8:30 p.m., law enforcement sources said.
The agents took him through X-ray screening, removed his handcuffs and were about to escort him onto a plane, when he bolted, sources said.
Port Authority police officers were notified of his escape at about 9:15 p.m., an agency police spokesman said.
Video shows the man leaving the airport in a taxi, a law enforcement source said. An ICE spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.