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Police tape block the arrivals area of Terminal 4 following a water main break that closed a part of the terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, U.S. January 7, 2018.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Police tape block the arrivals area of Terminal 4 following a water main break that closed a part of the terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, U.S. January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

9:19 AM 03/28/2018

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A manhunt is reportedly underway for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee who escaped custody at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, according to multiple reports.

The man, who has not yet been identified, is described as a “violent deportee” by local law enforcement officials, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday morning. Port Authority police confirmed the escape to Fox News and NBC New York. The ICE detainee was previously arrested on a weapons charge.

ICE agents removed the handcuffs for the security screening process, removing an obstacle for his escape. The detainee bolted at Gate B23 in Terminal 4 at about 8:30 P.M. Tuesday evening. Local police were notified of the escape about 45 minutes later.

An airport-wide search was conducted to capture the man, but authorities were unable to find him. Surveillance footage from the airport showed the man leaving the facility in a taxi. It is unclear where the man was headed or if ICE or local police are close to catching him.

Neither ICE nor Port Authority police immediately responded to The Daily Caller News Foundations request for comment.

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