A detainee is on the lam after escaping Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers at Kennedy Airport Wednesday night.

Officials say Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, who is in the country illegally, fled from the screening area and jumped into a yellow cab around 9 p.m.

Law enforcement sources say he has a violent history, and was being deported over past weapons offenses.

Mbacke is described as being 6'3" tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black or purple shirt, jeans and sneakers.

Members of the public should not to attempt to apprehend him and instead immediately contact authorities.