DENVER - A prisoner who escaped while being deported at Denver International Airport has been recaptured.
Phoday Dumbuya, 25, was being deported to Gambia when he escaped Tuesday morning. He was being escorted by two officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The sheriff's office in Scottsbluff, Neb. was alerted by ICE that he might be in the area and deputies began searching motels before finding him at about 4 p.m. Friday. They said he resisted arrest and got into a scuffle with a police officer.
ICE was awaiting fingerprint results to confirm the man in custody is Dumbuya.
It was not clear how Dumbuya was able to escape at DIA.
An earlier written statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok said the two ICE officers and police at the airport were unsuccessful in tracking him down.
Runsok also added that Dumbuya was not handcuffed, at the discretion of the escorting officer. He declined to discuss other issues of the security arrangement.
Dumbuya was convicted in Denver for assault in August 2008 and sentenced to two years of probation. The affidavit for that crime said he head-butted a woman, then punched her repeatedly after she fell to the ground. The victim also told police Dumbuya had threatened to kill her before leaving the home.
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