Escaped Murderer Danelo Cavalcante Is Caught

Police to announce details of his capture at morning press conference
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2023 7:57 AM CDT
Escaped Murderer Danelo Cavalcante Is Caught
This image provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Danelo Cavalcante. The escaped murderer on the run for more than a week in southeast Pennsylvania has been spotted with what police called “a changed appearance.”   (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

Pennsylvania State Police say escaped murderer Danelo Souza Cavalcante has been captured after nearly two weeks on the run. State police announced Cavalcante's capture on X on Wednesday and planned a news conference announcing details for 9:30am ET. Heavily armed police had descended on the South Coventry Township area, closing roads and telling residents to lock their doors. Cavalcante, 34, had broken out of the Chester County jail Aug. 31 while awaiting transfer to a state prison to serve a life sentence for fatally stabbing an ex-girlfriend in 2021, reports the AP.

The capture was announced as the manhunt in rural southeastern Pennsylvania entered its 14th day. Heavily armed law enforcement officers had searched for the fugitive through a night of downpours and rolling thunder. Residents in the 8- to 10-square-mile area of woods and farmland had been locked down at home as classes were canceled at local schools and police closed roads, searching vehicles at roadblocks.

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