Captured fugitive killer Danelo Cavalcante survived two weeks on lam by eating watermelon and burying his poop in bid to evade tracking attempts
- Danelo Cavalcante admitted his survival tactics to authorities
- He revealed he had eaten stolen watermelon, drank from streams and buried his poop to cover his tracks
- The revelations came after the killer’s dramatic capture on Wednesday following two weeks on the run
Escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante survived his two weeks on the run by eating watermelon, drinking stream water and covering up his poop in an effort to avoid tracking by authorities, he revealed.
Cavalcante, 34, was captured on Wednesday after he spent two weeks on the run following his escape from Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania on August 31.
U.S. Marshal Robert Clark told Chris Cuomo the fugitive was ‘brutally honest’ when talking to law enforcement after his dramatic capture and revealed there were three occasions police came close to nabbing him.
‘And as a matter of fact, he did say on three occasions law enforcement officers did almost step on him,’ Clark said. ‘They were about 7-8 yards away from him.’
The killer terrorized the Pennsylvania community during his time at large by breaking into homes, changing his appearance and stealing cars.
Cavalcante stumbled upon a watermelon patch during his time on the loose and he admitted to authorities that he stole watermelons from the farm in order to survive.
The fugitive murderer drank water from streams along his way to stay hydrated.
He told police that he survived their manhunt for so long because he mainly moved during the night and he would tactically cover up his feces so the search party wouldn’t be able to track his location, Clark said.
‘So, some of the things that he talked about was after he escaped, he didn’t move very far,’ Clark said. ‘He stayed in the same area for the first three days.
‘He was able to obtain watermelon on some farm. He drank stream water, and he would only hide in thick, thick thickets where, unless you stepped on him, nobody would find him.’
In the interview with authorities after his arrest, Cavalcante told law enforcement officials that he planned to escape the perimeter within the next 24 hours.
‘He scoped out a spot on the perimeter he wanted to get across. He scoped out a residence where he believed there may be some vehicles and he took advantage of that,’ Clark said. ‘And that was the same thing with the second perimeter.
‘He said that law enforcement officers on a day-to-day basis there were just more and more of them. He noticed aerial assets he noticed that the helicopters and I guess his spidey senses were tingling, he wanted to leave.’
Cavalcante had reportedly stolen a rifle, which he was going to use to carjack a motorist and flee to Canada.
The escaped prisoner was finally captured when he got cornered by about 25 officers in the woods near South Coventry Township Wednesday morning after authorities used thermal imaging from an aircraft to pinpoint his possible location the previous night.
Alongside the officers was the heroic K-9 officer – Yoda – who helped take Cavalcante down by biting the criminal.
A witness to the highly anticipated capture of the killer described how the ‘worn out’ and ‘raggedy’ escapee had no choice but to ‘give up’ when he was cornered in the woods.
The witness, store-manager Jim Martin, said: ‘He looked like he realized he had to give up. He looked soaked, like he was probably in the stream at one point, or just soaked from last night’s rain.
The killer’s capture brought relief to anxious residents of southeastern Pennsylvania who endured two weeks of sleepless nights as he hid in the woods, broke into suburban homes and stole food, changed his appearance, and fled under gunfire with a rifle he’d taken along his way.
In a statement, Chester county commissioners told DailyMail.com: ‘The capture of Cavalcante ends the nightmare of the past two weeks, and we thank every single law enforcement official at the regional, state and federal level that was out in all weather conditions, all day and night – as well as everyone in the incident command center, our County Department of Emergency Services and County Sheriff’s Office – for their immense efforts.
The 34-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and awaiting transfer at the Chester County prison in Pennsylvania when he escaped by climbing a wall on August 31.
Last week, the prison guard who did not see or report the escape was fired. Prison officials told CNN, the corrections officer was an 18-year veteran of the prison.