Danelo Cavalcante, murderer who escaped for weeks from Pennsylvania prison, faces a dozen new charges

By | November 13, 2023

Cavalcante escaped from prison in Pennsylvania and evaded capture for two weeks.

THE convicted murderer who escaped taken from the Chester County, Pennsylvania, jail in August, now faces a dozen additional charges related to the two weeks he spent on the lam.

Danelo Cavalcante was charged Monday by Pennsylvania State Police with several felonies and misdemeanors, including burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and unauthorized use of ‘a motor vehicle.

He escaped on August 31 by climb the wall of a prison yard and running on the roof. He was captured at gunpoint on September 13 in a rural area of ​​Chester County.

The charges relate to the homes Cavalcante allegedly broke into as well as the gun, household items and pickup truck he is suspected of stealing.

The criminal complaint paints a more detailed picture of how Cavalcante allegedly spent some of his time outside the prison gates.

When Cavalcante was captured, he was said to still have items he had stolen from a Pennsbury Township home a day after his escape, including a backpack, a button-up shirt, a paring knife, a razor and a bag Sleeping.

Nine days after the escape, when Cavalcante knocked on the door of a house across Phoenixville County, a woman was home alone at the time and saw Cavalcante at the door, which caused her to go to the second floor and watch him and his stolen items. van through the window, the complaint reveals.

The manhunt put Pennsylvania’s richest county in danger, causing many schools to close at the start of the school year while law enforcement searched for Cavalcante, who had just been convicted of stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death. Internal Chester County documents first obtained by ABC News in October have been revealed Weeks before Cavalcante finally escaped from prison, a correctional officer warned that he was “planning an escape.”

Cavalcante, who was previously charged with another murder in Brazil, is currently serving a life sentence at the Phoenix State Correctional Institution in neighboring Montgomery County. He is scheduled to appear in Kennett Square District Court on Friday on the original escape charge.

ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report.

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