After two weeks of eluding police, convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante was apprehended on Wednesday morning in Pennsylvania. The dramatic capture involved police dogs, helicopters, and tactical teams in a massive manhunt that ended when the fugitive tried to escape capture one last time.

The Prison Break

Cavalcante was recently sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in 2021. He was being held at Chester County Prison when he made a daring escape on August 31. Surveillance footage showed Cavalcante climbing prison walls and slipping through razor wire to get away. He managed to avoid detection for nearly an hour before guards noticed he was missing.


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Two Weeks on the Run

For 14 days, Cavalcante broke into homes for food and stole supplies while trying to avoid the extensive search efforts to find him. Schools and businesses closed as police warned residents of the dangerous fugitive. Law enforcement employed helicopters, dogs, and infrared technology to try to locate Cavalcante. They slowly closed in on an area near South Coventry Township, where he was spotted several times.


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Dramatic Capture

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police descended on Cavalcante’s location after a heat signature was detected. When tactical teams moved in, the fugitive tried to crawl away into thick bushes with a stolen rifle. A police dog named Yoda subdued and apprehended him before he could fire any shots. Cavalcante sustained minor injuries but no one else was harmed in the arrest.

Relief and Justice

The capture of the “dangerous individual” brought relief to the community after an intense search. Cavalcante was charged with escape and denied bail. He will serve out his life sentence for the brutal murder while awaiting trial for the prison break. After 14 days of panic, the area is finally safe again thanks to the persistent, coordinated efforts of law enforcement.

 

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