Pennsylvania cops ramp up search for Brazilian fugitive

Pennsylvania authorities searching for Brazilian fugitive Danelo Cavalcante blast recordings of his mother’s voice from helicopter speakers in desperate bid to catch murderer who stabbed his girlfriend 38 times in front of her kids

  • Pennsylvania state police is blasting a recorded message from the mother of Brazilian fugitive Danelo Cavalcante in hopes he turns himself in
  • The 34-year-old was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2021 murder of his former girlfriend Débora Brandao
  • Cavalcante has been on the run since Thursday morning when he escaped Chester County maximum security prison

Pennsylvania authorities have ramped up the search for a Brazilian fugitive by blasting his mother’s voice from police speakers and helicopter.

Danelo Cavalcante escaped from a Chester County maximum security prison Thursday morning.

The 34-year-old was sentenced two weeks ago a life sentence for the April 2021 murder of his ex-girlfriend Débora Brandao, 34, a mother of two children.

The state police, which have taken over the investigation, has deployed patrol cars and helicopters which are transmitting a recorded message from Cavalcante’s mother.

Authorities in Pennsylvania have deployed patrol cars and helicopters that are blasting a message in Portuguese from the mother of Brazilian convicted killer, Danelo Cavalcante, who has been on the run since Thursday when he escaped a Chester County prison, where he was awaiting transfer to a state prison after he was convicted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend

Débora Brandao (pictured) was stabbed dead in April 2021 by Danelo Cavalcante, who feared that she would turn him over to police because she knew he had murdered a person in Brazil

The message, in Portuguese, asks him to turn himself in to the police without the threat of violence.

Pennsylvania State Police deputy commissioner George Bivens said Monday that if Cavalcante ‘is not actively surrendering, lethal force is authorized.’

Authorities have received reports of four credible sightings but have not been able to locate the convicted killer.

A residential surveillance camera showed Cavalcante walking through a wooded area Saturday around 12:30 am.

At the time he was wearing pants, a light-colored t-shirt and white sneakers, police said.

Pennsylvania authorities have said that 'lethal force' will be used if Danelo Cavalcante fails to turn himself

Débora Brandao was murdered in front of her two children by Danelo Cavalcante in 2021

Authorities have yet to say how Cavalcante escaped from the jail, where he was being held pending a transfer to a state prison.

Cavalcante is also wanted for a 2021 murder in Brazil. Prosecutors say he stabbed Brandao dead in front of her two children to stop her from reporting him to United States authorities.

He was apprehended in Virginia after killing Brandao. Authorities believe he was trying to flee to Mexico in order to return to Brazil.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said last week that Cavalcante may be looking to travel south once again.


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