Fugitive Captured After Two-Week Manhunt

(Photo ‍via; Chester County District Attorney’s Office)

OAN’s Roy Francis

8:26 AM – Wednesday, September ⁤13, 2023

Danelo Cavalcante, the convicted murderer ​who had escaped from a Chester County ⁣Prison two ⁤weeks ago, was captured by authorities on⁢ Wednesday.


Cavalcante was captured after evading around⁤ 500 law enforcement officers ​for 14 days. The⁣ agencies involved in the ⁣manhunt included Pennsylvania ‍State ‍Police, the U.S. Marshals, the Federal Bureau ‌of Investigation, BORTAC agents⁤ from the ‌U.S. Customs and⁢ Border Protection and‍ the ⁤Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Around 1:00 A.M. ​on Wednesday⁢ morning, an ⁤aircraft using thermal ⁤technology ‌led tactical teams of law enforcement officers to​ Cavalcante’s location. However, ⁣due to severe lightning in the area, the tactical⁢ teams did not‌ immediately move ⁣in to capture the⁢ fugitive, instead they surrounded Cavalcante’s location ⁤ until just after 8:00 A.M. when ⁤they were able to move ⁣in and capture him.

“They‌ were able to move in very‍ quietly.‌ They had⁢ the element of surprise. ⁢Cavalcante did not realize he was surrounded until ‌that⁣ had occurred,”⁣ Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant George Bivens said.

As officers moved in on ​the location of Cavalcante, he⁢ attempted ‌to evade capture by crawling through thick brush, however,⁤ authorities released a dog which subdued him ‍and enabled the officers to capture him.

Cavalcante was captured near the home where he ⁤had stolen ⁣a⁢ .22-caliber rifle on Monday night. The fugitive had taken the rifle but fled when the homeowner shot at him with his pistol but missed.

After the reported incident‍ on Monday night, authorities urged citizens to⁣ remain indoors and lock their⁣ doors.‌ The ⁣manhunt had also forced several ⁤school districts in ‌the area to⁣ close for‍ multiple⁤ days.

The 24-year-old fugitive had escaped from a Chester County facility​ on August 31st, which also led to the firing of the corrections⁣ officer who was on duty⁤ in the watchtower at the time of his escape.

Cavalcante was waiting⁤ to be transferred⁢ to a state prison to ⁢serve⁢ a life sentence for fatally stabbing an ex-girlfriend 38⁢ times in the presence ‌of her children in 2021. He had also⁤ entered the‍ U.S. illegally after killing a man in ​Brazil ‍in ⁣2017.

The escape led to Chester ⁣County Prison making⁣ immediate changes to “bolster security in​ the prison.”

“Chester County⁣ Prison officials‌ have made some⁤ immediate⁣ changes to bolster security in the prison, have brought in security contractors to make permanent changes to the exercise yards, and are reviewing ‍and – where needed – changing⁢ procedures for both ‍security‍ measures and ‍communication to residents who live close to the prison,” a joint statement ‌from Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline read.

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