Man being deported escapes at DIA

10:35 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - A criminal who was being deported from the United States escaped from law enforcement at Denver International Airport Tuesday morning.

Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were escorting Phoday Dumbuya, 25, when he escaped, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement news release. He was being deported to Gambia.

Dumbuya was still on the loose Tuesday afternoon after escaping about 8:30 a.m.

Dumbuya was not in handcuffs, sources tell the 9Wants to Know investigators.

He is a black male, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 175 pounds.

He pleaded guilty in 2008 to misdemeanor third-degree assault and was sentenced to 120 days in jail and two years of probation, according to a Denver County District Attorney spokesperson.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman did not confirm the escape until about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, more than four-and-a-half hours after 9NEWS asked for confirmation.

ICE officers started immediately searching for Dumbuya and asked other law enforcement agencies to assist.

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