Danelo Cavalcante is pictured battered and bruised in mugshot hours after fugitive murderer was nabbed by cops – as hero K-9 called YODA who helped catch him is pictured
- Cavalcante, 34, was taken into custody on Wednesday after a 2-week manhunt
- The killer was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 2021
- Cavalcante is an illegal immigrant from Brazil, who was accused of killing a friend there in 2017
Danelo Cavalcante has been pictured battered and bruised in his mugshot hours after the murderer-on-the-run was captured by cops in Pennsylvania.
The heroic K-9 officer who helped take him down, Yoda, has also been identified. The four-year-old dog is a Belgian Malinois that serves with the US Border Patrol’s BORTAC K9 unit, who were called in to aid with the manhunt.
Cavalcante, 34, was cornered by about 25 officers in a wooded area near South Coventry Township Wednesday morning after authorities used thermal imaging from an aircraft to pinpoint his possible location the previous night.
The escaped convict was seen in a hospital gown and shackles hours after he was taken into custody following a two-week manhunt that terrorized the Pennsylvania community.
Yoda, who was sent after the killer after he’d evaded human authorities for some two weeks, managed to bite Cavalcante. The fugitive was treated for the wound at the scene of his capture.
The Brazil native was serving a life sentence for brutally killing his ex-girlfriend in front of her two children when he escaped from the Chester County Prison, 30 miles west of Philadelphia, on August 31.
The killer’s capture, which took about five minutes, brings relief to anxious residents of southeastern Pennsylvania who endured 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 pilfered from a garage.
An aircraft picked up a heat source on Tuesday night, but officials had to delay the operation after a storm moved in, with a ground team staying in the area overnight.
After the capture, Cavalcante was taken to a nearby state police barracks in an armored vehicle surrounded by a dozen-vehicle convoy with lights flashing and sirens blaring as it traveled down the highway. Two police helicopters followed above.
Cavalcante was arraigned at the Avondale barracks on an escape charge, according to the office of Judge Matthew Seavey. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for September 27. In the meantime, he’s been driven to a state prison to continue serving the life sentence he received last month for killing his ex-girlfriend.
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.
‘Chester County Prison officials have made some immediate changes to bolster security in the prison, have brought in security contractors to make permanent changes to the exercise yards, and are reviewing and – where needed – changing procedures for both security measures and communication to residents who live close to the prison.’
The killer was last seen on Monday night breaking into the garage of a home in East Nantmeal – 20 miles from the search area police had spent days combing last week. The homeowner was home and shot him several times, but police said there was no evidence to suggest the convict was hit.
It was the first sighting reported since Saturday, when Cavalcante stole a van and tried contacting former coworkers before dumping the vehicle in a field.
Police had initially focused their search in the perimeter near the prison, where he had been spotted several times last week. But on Saturday, a clean-shaven Cavalcante was seen outside a former colleague’s home through a Ring doorbell camera in East Pikeland Township, before he was spotted outside a different ex co-worker’s home in nearby Phoenixville.
On Sunday, police found a 2020 Ford Transit van Cavalcante had stolen in a field behind a barn in East Nantmeal Township – outside the previous search area. Cavalcante had taken it from the West Chester based Baily’s Dairy, near the prison.
Cavalcante’s sister, who has an overstay status, was detained by ICE and entered into a deportation proceeding after she chose not to cooperate in the investigation, State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said on Tuesday.
On August 31, Cavalcante was seen on surveillance camera in the prison’s outdoor area looking at the camera before ‘crab walking’ between two walls, scaling a fence and jumping over razor wire during the daring break out that took place in broad daylight.
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.
Cavalcante is also wanted in a homicide case in his native country of Brazil. He managed to flee the country in 2017 after he killed a student at a food truck stand.
He gunned down Walter Junior in Figuéiropolis, Tocantins on November 5, 2017, and then managed to slip past authorities at Brasília–President Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport two months later.
Evaldo Feitosa told Brazilian news outlet G1 that he was talking to Cavalcante and that he approached Junior at a corner table.
He remembered they were having a conversation before he heard several shots being fired and someone shout, ‘man the guy killed his friend.’
TV Globo reported that the killing was over money Junior owed Calvacante.