Brazilian ‘Spiderman’ killer Danelo Cavalcante has ESCAPED police’s latest perimeter zone and has been spotted 25 miles away in a new town WITHOUT his facial hair after climbing out of Pennsylvania prison 10 days
- ‘Extremely dangerous’ fugitive may have now stolen a van
- Pictured approaching a home in chilling new doorbell footage
- Comes after a series of sightings near homes across the area amid fears he will try to seize a hostage
Escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante may have shaved off his beard, secured a stolen van and burst through the search perimeter, police fear, after releasing new pictures of the killer on the doorstep of a Pennsylvania home.
Cavalcante, 34, was serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Debora Brandão, a mother of two, who he stabbed to death more than 30 times in front of her children in 2021.
Residents have been warned to stay indoors since Cavalcante scaled two walls, a fence and razor wire to escape from Chester County Jail on August 31, amid fears he will attempt to take hostages.
There have been repeated sightings of the ‘extremely dangerous’ killer in the 759 square mile search area around the prison but the latest images caught on a ring camera in the East Pikeland township are the clearest yet.
Wearing a black baseball-style hat, a green hooded sweatshirt, green prison pants and white shoes he appears to smirk at the camera as he stares directly into it.
Police are expected to hold a press conference later on Sunday after revealing he now has now has a 2002 White Ford Transit van with a Pennsylvania license plate ZST8818.
The van is said to have a refrigeration unit on top and was stolen from the West Chester based Baily’s Dairy.
A former girlfriend of the Brazilian-born killer warned that Cavalcante is a ‘violent’ and ‘dangerous’ man who will look for a knife and someone he can use as a hostage.
She told News Nation she was ‘not surprised’ Cavalcante was able to escape and said he has evaded the cops for so long because he ‘grew up in the woods.’
‘I do think that he may be very aggressive or dangerous if (police) pick him up the wrong way,’ she added.
Cavalcante escaped from jail after ‘crab-walking’ up the walls of an exercise area – by putting his hands up against one wall and legs against the other and shuffling up, security footage shows.
The prison guard on duty when Cavalcante escaped has been fired, according to reports.
The unnamed corrections officer at Chester County Prison in question had reportedly worked at the jail for 20 years.
In the aftermath of the escape, the tower officer was searched and found carrying his personal cellphone, which was in violation of prison regulations, sources told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The first sighting of Cavalcante came when he was spotted at 1.43am on September 2 on the 1800 block of Lenape Road in Pocopson Township about 1.5 miles away from the Chester County Prison.
He was then later seen on surveillance video in the early hours of September 2 wearing a white T-shirt and white sneakers with a backpack he had mysteriously obtained.
The criminal was later reported to have been seen again that night in the same area by a resident of Pocopson Township inside his home at 11.45 PM on Friday. He ‘flicked the lights’ at the owner before stealing some food items and then left.
He told ABC6: ‘What I decided to do was flip the switch three or four or five times, paused, and then he flipped a light switch from downstairs. This was the moment of, ‘Oh my God this guy is down there.
‘I saw him walk out of the kitchen through our living room, open up that door, (and) walked out. He was wearing a white shirt and had a bag.
‘Peaches, apples, green snap peas were missing. We have a bunch of little steak knives and he could have taken one of those.’
A state trooper also saw Cavalcante in the Pocopson Township area on September 2 during the day.
A trail camera recorded Cavalcante hiking through the woods twice within an hour late on Monday September 4.
On Tuesday September 5 at night there was another confirmed sighting of Cavalcante near Chandler Road in the Pennsbury area by a resident who saw the prisoner in the creek bed near their house.
The escaped prisoner was then spotted near Longwood Gardens on September 7 at around noon near Longwood Gardens. He was seen running in a wooded area by a resident and Longwood Gardens was closed early as law enforcement officials searched for Cavalcante.
Police confirmed a further sighting of the criminal on Thursday September 7 in the evening but did not provide details.
There may have been a ninth sighting of the escaped prisoner on the morning of Friday September 8 in relation to the burglary of a house in Kennett Square.
Cavalcante is also wanted in a 2017 homicide case in his native country of Brazil. Authorities believe he was trying to flee to Mexico to return to Brazil after being captured in Virginia for the killing of Brandão.
Police have broadcast recordings of the prisoner’s mother speaking in Portuguese from helicopters flying over the search area to facilitate his peaceful surrender. They have previously warned the fugitive may attempt to flee to Brazil.
They are also offering a $20,000 reward for his recapture.