Escaped Brazilian killer Danelo Cavalcante has been spotted at least EIGHT times since breaking out of Pennsylvania jail – as manhunt ramps up after reported burglary by ‘shirtless suspect wearing dirty brown pants’
- A prisoner on the run has been seen at least eight times since breaking out of jail
- He may also be connected to a burglary in Kennett Square on Friday morning
- Convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante, 34, escaped from Chester County maximum security prison in Philadelphia on August 31
A convicted killer who escaped from a Pennsylvania jail has been spotted at least eight times since breaking out of jail – and may be connected to a burglary reported Friday morning.
Fugitive Danelo Cavalcante, 34, broke out of Chester County Prison in a rural area 30 miles west of Philadelphia on August 31 and remains on the run.
He has been seen on camera multiple times in the local area over the past nine days, with cops now investigating if he is linked to a break in reported five miles away from Chester County jail.
The burglary suspect was described as a shirtless male wearing dirty brown pants – and was last seen running west off of Route 1, according to PHL17News.
Choppers were seen circling the police search area Friday morning as the manhunt intensifies, with several schools shuttered and terrified residents barricaded in their homes.
Cops have warned local residents that the criminal is extremely dangerous and urged them to lock their doors. Authorities have now raised the reward for information to $20,000.
The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and the Kennett Consolidated School District have canceled classes and will remain in contact with authorities.
Kennett Consolidated School District said in a statement: ‘We were informed early this morning by law enforcement that the search situation has evolved and out of an abundance of caution, schools and offices will be closed today.’
The killer broke out of the East Pennsylvania Prison where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of his former girlfriend Débora Brandao.
Cavalcante crab walked 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.
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are now battling extreme heat, high humidity and difficult landscapes to capture the fugitive.
A search dog involved in the investigation had to be medically treated after suffering from 90-degree-heat.
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.
Now 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.
George Bevins who is leading the investigation said he believes Cavalcante is attempting to move south within the area. The investigator said: ‘I’m quite confident we’re wearing him down’.
Cavalcante, 34, was convicted of first-degree murder August 16 in the 2021 fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend and mother of two children, 33-year-old Deborah Brandão, in Chester County.
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 said a recording of the prisoner’s mother speaking in Portuguese is being broadcast from helicopters flying over the search area to facilitate his peaceful surrender. They have previously warned the fugitive may attempt to flee to Brazil.