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Escaped Murderer Now Armed

Posted on | September 12, 2023 | Comments Off on Escaped Murderer Now Armed

The Philadelphia suburb of Chester County is about 150 miles east of here, so I’m not too worried about it personally, but it is still alarming that murderer Danelo Cavalcante has been able to elude capture for nearly two weeks since he escaped from the county jail there:

The convicted killer who escaped from an eastern Pennsylvania prison nearly two weeks ago is considered “armed and extremely dangerous” after he stole a rifle from the garage of a local homeowner, who fired several shots at the fugitive as he fled, police said Tuesday.
Danelo Cavalcante, 34, was spotted on Monday night in Chester County’s South Coventry Township, about 20 miles north of the prison, according to an emergency alert.
At about 10:10 p.m., police received a call from a resident who said a shirtless male entered his garage and grabbed a rifle in the corner, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said in a news conference. The homeowner fired his pistol at Cavalcante as he fled, but there is “no reason to believe” the fugitive was injured, Bivens said.
A green sweatshirt and white tee shirt were found near the homeowner’s driveway, he said.
“I think he is just trying to survive and avoid being captured right now,” he said.
Bivens later told CNN the fugitive ran into the garage while the homeowner was sitting right there. He said the gun had not been left unsecured so he did not believe the homeowner was being irresponsible.
The shooting and gun theft represent a stark escalation in the dangerous manhunt after Cavalcante escaped the county jail on August 31.
About 500 law enforcement officers – including the Pennsylvania State Police, FBI, ATF, and the US Marshals – are searching the area around the shooting, and police have set up a perimeter stretching several miles in each direction. Video from WPVI shows a massive police response in the South Coventry Township overnight, with dozens of patrol cars and an armored vehicle converging on the scene.
Danelo Cavalcante is seen in this image from surveillance footage released by Pennsylvania State Police.
A timeline of the escape and manhunt for convicted Pennsylvania killer Danelo Cavalcante
“It’s a large area, wooded, hilly terrain. It’s not something that it’s a matter of sending a few people in and searching,” Bivens said.
The .22-caliber rifle Cavalcante has in his possession has a scope and flashlight, Bivens said.
“We consider him desperate, we consider him dangerous,” he said. “I would suspect that he’s desperate enough to use that weapon.”

It is not until paragraph 27 of this CNN story that they mention what is perhaps the most important fact about Cavalcante:

Cavalcante was being held at Chester County Prison, in a rural area some 30 miles west of Philadelphia, following his conviction last month of first-degree murder for the killing of his former girlfriend, 33-year-old Deborah Brandão.
According to prosecutors, he stabbed her 38 times in front of her two young children in Pennsylvania in April 2021. He was arrested several hours later in Virginia, and authorities said he was attempting to flee to Mexico and intended to later head to Brazil, his native country.
In addition, Cavalcante is wanted in a 2017 homicide case in Brazil, a US Marshals Service official has said.

He’s an illegal immigrant, who fled Brazil as a fugitive wanted for murder and somehow made it into the United States, where he apparently went unnoticed in the suburbs of Philadelphia for more than three years before he killed his ex-girlfriend. CNN kind of casually buried that part of the story, maybe because they think you’ll become prejudiced against illegal immigrants from Brazil or whatever. So they’re not going to put “illegal alien” in the headline, and you’ll have to read through more than two dozen paragraphs before learning that he was already a murderer before he entered the country illegally, and then stabbed a woman 38 times.

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