Deportation continues for Colorado escapee

A 25 year old Gambian soccer player who escaped while being escorted to Denver International Airport and was captured by local authorities Friday will continue on his way to deportation.

Phoday Dumbuya was captured late Friday afternoon after escaping while being escorted by two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says his office was alerted by Homeland Security that Dumbuya may be in the area. Deputies along with other law enforcement agencies began searching motels before finding him around 6 p.m. at Motel 6.

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. The Sheriff's Office says Dumbuya has been transferred from detention to Immigration officers to continue with deportation.

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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