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BREAKING NEWS FROM THE CHESTER COUNTY PRESS: Escaped prisoner caught on surveillance camera

09/02/2023 12:56PM ● By Richard Gaw

By Richard L. Gaw, Staff Writer

As the search for escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante enters its third day, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office reported earlier this morning that Cavalcante was observed on a residential surveillance camera this morning approximately 12:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Lenape Road, approximately 1.5 miles from Chester County Prison, where he escaped on Aug. 31. 

In the video, Cavalcante was wearing pants, a light-colored t-shirt, and white sneakers -- the same items he was wearing when he escaped from the prison early last Thursday. He has long, black curly hair and wearing a backpack. Police also received a report of an attempted burglary at 11:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Ballintree Lane in Pocopson Township.

A search of the surrounding area is currently being conducted by hundreds of law enforcement officers including the U.S. Marshals, SWAT, local, state, and other federal agencies.

The fugitive is from Brazil, with light skin, 5 feet, 120 lbs., with shaggy black hair and brown eyes.

“Law enforcement is requesting that residents in the area remain indoors at this time. Lock your vehicles," District Attorney Deb Ryan said. "Review your surveillance cameras and contact police if you observe anything suspicious. Danelo Cavalcante is considered an extremely dangerous man. Please remain vigilant in assisting with this search. If you see this individual do not approach him. Call 911 immediately.”

Cavalcante was convicted on August 16, 2023, of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his 33-year-old former girlfriend and sentenced to life in prison without parole last week.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Danelo Cavalcante is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. There is a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to his capture.

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email [email protected].