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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.
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.
All Rental car companies at DIA are located on airport property but are away from the main terminal. Each rental company provides a courtesy shuttle to and from Jeppesen Terminal from their locations.
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.