Man who escaped ICE detention center by scaling 10-foot fence captured

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Woman told 8News she spotted detainee in her backyard

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities say the man who escaped U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody by “scaling the perimeter fence” of the Caroline Detention Facility Wednesday afternoon has been detained.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Pierot Fangamou’s capture Thursday morning.

A woman in the town of Bowling Green told 8News that she called 911 after spotting the detainee in her backyard when she let her pit bull outside. Deputies arrived shortly after and took Fangamou into custody nearly six miles from the detention center.

“I always thought nothing like this could happen and then it happened right in my backyard,” Rebecca Christopher told 8News Thursday.

Christopher’s morning was far from normal. Around 6 a.m., her son’s pitbull began barking outside. Fangamou was in her backyard.

“I thought it was a cat but then when the barking didn’t stop I was like somebody’s out there,” she said.

Christopher told 8News she knew a man had jumped the fence of the detention center and that made her feel uneasy.

“I was nervous, I was a nervous wreck,” Christopher explained. “I said maybe that’s him. He was walking really slow with no shoes, no shirt. He looked like he was in a lot of pain.”

An ICE spokesperson said Fangamou, who’s a citizen of Guinea, jumped the 10-foot fence and escaped the facility “shortly after 12 p.m.” Fangamou was wearing a blue jumpsuit at the time of his escape.

“He didn’t look like he was gonna hurt anyone,” Christopher told 8News, “like I said, he just looked like he was tired from running. I quickly called 911.”

Fangamou was taken into ICE custody on May 9 after being released from the Prince William Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center as he awaited a trial on local criminal charges. Below is the initial statement from ICE:

On Wednesday, shortly after 12 p.m., Pierot Fangamou, an individual detained at the Caroline Detention Facility, escaped the facility by scaling the perimeter fence. Fangamou was wearing a blue jumpsuit when he escaped the facility.

Fangamou is a citizen of Guinea; he entered ICE custody May 9 after being released on local criminal charges from the Prince William Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center. He has several criminal misdemeanor convictions and current criminal charges pending in Prince William County.

Please do not try to apprehend the subject. If you have information to report on Fangamou’s whereabouts, call the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at 804-633-5400 or 911. This is an ongoing investigation.”

Carissa Cutrell, ICE spokesperson

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.

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