Arrest of Phoday Dumbuya captured on camera after he escaped ICE custody at DIA during deportation

Fugitive wrestled with officer during arrest

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - The man who escaped custody while being deported at Denver International Airport was caught in a Nebraska motel in an arrest caught on camera.

Phoday Dumbuya, 25, was being deported to Gambia by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Jan. 29 when he escaped. He was not in handcuffs, which was in line with ICE policy.

7NEWS has learned ICE agents warned law enforcement in Scottsbluff, Neb., that Dumbuya might be at a motel in the area. Officers went to different motels with a recent photo of Dumbuya.

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by 7NEWS showed an officer walking into a motel lobby and approaching a man sitting in the corner.

After about 20 seconds, the officer appeared to grab the man. The man struggled with the officer, trying to wrestle out of his grip.

At about 37 seconds into the video, the man swung the officer toward the front doorway, and the officer's legs smacked into the front entrance. The officer then fell onto the man. He tried to crawl away, but the officer kept his grip. The officer then takes out what appeared to be a Taser. The man took a swing at the Taser, but the officer kept his control, eventually getting the man into handcuffs.

The man would later be identified as Dumbuya.

Other officers appeared in the video, with one patting the arresting officer on the back. Within three minutes, Dumbuya was led out of the lobby with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Three days earlier and 200 miles from Scottsbluff, surveillance video at DIA captured some of Dumbuya's escape. He was shown on camera running into the terminal through a parking level entrance. He boarded an elevator with other travelers.

About a minute later, another surveillance camera showed two ICE agents walking into a second floor entrance, looking for Dumbuya.

7NEWS requested additional surveillance video showing Dumbuya throughout DIA, but we were told there was no other video related to Dumbuya.

7NEWS was told after his arrest that Dumbuya could either be deported to Gambia from Nebraska or brought back to Colorado to face charges.

He appeared in federal court in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Feb. 4. According to federal court documents, Dumbuya waived his hearing until he was returned to Colorado. He is charged with "failure to depart."

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