Colorado escapee captured in Scottsbluff

Authorities Friday captured an escaped convict from Colorado in Scottsbluff.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman confirms 25-year-old Phoday Dumbuya was caught in Scottsbluff late Friday afternoon after he escaped when being escorted to Denver International Airport on Tuesday by two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

Overman told KNEB News they were alerted by Homeland Security that the 25 year old soccer player from Gambia might be in the area and deputies along with other local law enforcement agencies began searching motels before finding him around 6 p.m. at Motel 6.

Overman said Deputy Troy Brown observed Dumbaya sitting at a computer in the lobby area. Overman says the escapee resisted arrest but after a short wrestling match Brown was able to get him under control. Other deputes arrived immediately to help place him into custody.

ICE was awaiting fingerprint results to confirm the man is Dumbuya.

Dumbuya was being deported to Gambia when he escaped. He was being escorted without handcuffs by two officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Overman says Dumbuya's movements will be restricted when he is transported from any facilities here.

Dumbuya was convicted in Denver for assault in 2008 and sentenced to two years of probation. According to court records, 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.

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