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Danelo Cavalcante update: Killer spotted again as prison officer fired over escape and manhunt drags on

The manhunt for convicted killer Danelo Cavalcante continues, with details beginning to emerge about how he managed to escape from prison in Pennsylvania.

Cavalcante was spotted twice in the search area near the prison on 8 September, according to police. He was spotted again late on 9 September.

Cavalcante, 34, escaped from Chester County Prison days after he was sentenced to life without parole for stabbing his ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandao, 33, to death. He is also wanted for a 2017 murder in Brazil.

Video of the escape shows Cavalcante crawling up a wall at the prison.

He then pushed through razor wire and gained access to the roof before jumping down and fleeing the facility.

A tower officer tasked with observing the site failed to report the incident and Cavalcante’s escape was only noticed during a head count. The prison officer was fired on Thursday, a source told CNN.

“We can confirm that the corrections officer on duty when Danelo Cavalcante escaped was terminated yesterday afternoon,” the source said in a statement. “He was an 18-year veteran of the prison.”

It’s the second jailbreak at the prison this year. The inmate who previously attempted to escape used the same method as Cavalcante but was caught within minutes.

Key points

  • Eighth day search ends with a confirmed sighting of Cavalcante

  • Surrender message from escaped inmate’s mother blasted into search area

  • Manhunt launched for ‘extremely dangerous’ escaped murder convict Danelo Cavalcante in Pennsylvania

  • How did the prisoner escape?

  • Local schools shuttered as killer remains at large

  • Stunning video shows Cavalcante escape prison

Additional police officers added to manhunt

Saturday 9 September 2023 19:58 , David Taintor

Close to 400 police officers have been assigned to the manhunt to find escaped convict Danelo Cavalcante, according to CNN.

“We pulled more people in through the night last night. We have got numerous tactical teams that are out doing searches,” Pennsylvania State Police spokesman George Bivens told reporters on Friday.

Pennsyvania residents want to know why it’s taking so long to catch Danelo Cavalcante

Saturday 9 September 2023 19:00 , Andrea Blanco

Residents of the suburban Pennsylvania county where a full-scale manhunt is underway for an escaped inmate have said they can’t understand why it has taken authorities so long to capture the “extremely dangerous” killer.

Read more:

Pennsyvania residents want to know why it’s taking so long to catch Danelo Cavalcante

Danelo Cavalcante killed his girlfriend in front of her children. Now he’s on the run after a prison break

Saturday 9 September 2023 16:00 , Andrea Blanco

Danelo Cavalcante was sentenced to life behind bars for the April 2021 murder of Deborah Brandao. He broke free from jail days later, sparking an ongoing manhunt.

The Independendent’s Faiza Saqib reports:

He killed his girlfriend in front of her kids. Now he’s on the run from prison

Latest sighting of fugitive killer in Pennsylvania spurs closure of popular botanical garden

Saturday 9 September 2023 13:00 , Andrea Blanco

One of the country’s top botanical gardens has been closed indefinitely after reports that an escaped murderer on the run in southeast Pennsylvania may have once again been spotted on the property.

When Longwood Gardens closed Thursday night, people who remained on the property were told to shelter in place as law officers searched part of the site for fugitive Danelo Souza Cavalcante. The 34-year-old Brazilian man escaped from the Chester County Prison on Aug. 31 by scaling a wall, climbing over razor wire and jumping from a roof.

There was a possible sighting of Cavalcante on Thursday night that was being investigated, state police said, but further details about the sighting and who reported it were not disclosed. It came hours after another person reported seeing Cavalcante in another area of the vast botanical garden.

On Monday night, a surveillance camera on a trail had captured him walking through its grounds.

Authorities offer $20,000 reward for information that leads to Cavalcante’s capture

Saturday 9 September 2023 10:00 , Andrea Blanco

The Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers have offered $10,000 for information that leads to Cavalcante’s capture, bringing the reward total to $20,000.

Law enforcement teams, including the US Marshals, SWAT, local, state, and other federal agencies, have joined the search to find Cthe fugitive.

Cavalcante was sentenced to life without parole for stabbing his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandão to death.

He attacked Brandão in Schuylkill Township, back in August 2021, in front of her two children, who were just seven and three years old.

He is also wanted for a 2017 murder in Brazil.

WATCH: Behind the scenes look at police manhunt for escaped killer Danelo Cavalcante

Saturday 9 September 2023 07:00 , Andrea Blanco

Why was Danelo Cavalcante sentenced to life in prison?

Saturday 9 September 2023 04:00 , Andrea Blanco

Cavalcante was convicted of the murder of 33-year-old Deboral Brandao on 16 August after the jury deliberated for just 15 minutes. He was sentenced to life in prison on 22 August.

Cavalcante and Brandao reportedly met through mutual friends and moved in together with her two children not long after their two-year relationship began.

Prosecutors outlined his domestic abuse against Brandao during the trial.

It was reported that in June 2020, Cavalcante bit Brandao on her lip hard enough to draw blood and chased her and her children out of their home. Brandao and her kids hid in a neighbour’s apartment and a warrant was issued by police for Cavalcante’s arrest. However, he did not turn himself in.

Later that year, Cavalcante allegedly attacked Brandao again, chasing her with a knife, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Brandao then filed for a temporary abuse order against him, but this lapsed in March 2021 when she did not appear at a hearing.

According to evidence presented at the trial, the two kept in touch and police said Cavalcante drove to Brandao’s home to confront her in April 2021.

While Brandao’s children, then aged seven and three, were playing near by, Cavalcante pulled her hair and threw her to the ground. He then began to stab her repeatedly.

Brandao was later pronounced dead at Paoli Hospital, the outlet said. Two friends of Cavalcante testified during his trial that they helped the murder convict escape and gave him clean clothes so he could “disappear” for a while.

Prosecutors said Cavalcante killed Brandao to stop her from telling police about his outstanding arrest warrant for murder in Brazil.

He was captured in Virginia shortly after the stabbing, while police said he was attempting to return to Brazil.

“I haven’t slept for many days,” Ms Brandao said. “I have been waking up with fright at night.”

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said during a press conference on Thursday that Ms Brandao and her family are being protected by police.

“They do have protection and they are terrified. They haven’t left their home, they’re barricaded inside their home and they are very scared,” Ms Ryan said. “We do have police detail surrounding the home but I know they are very scared and very, very worried.”

ICYMI: What we know about Cavalcante’s escape

Saturday 9 September 2023 01:00 , Andrea Blanco

Cavalcante escaped from the Chester County Prison in Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania, at around 8.50am on Thursday (31 August).

At the time, other inmates in the exercise yard were playing basketball. Video of the incident showed him crab-walking up a wall and pushing through razor wire in order to gain access to the prison’s roof.

He then jumped down into another area of the prison and left on foot. The unconventional method is exactly the same that was used by another inmate back in May, Chester County Prison acting Warden Howard Holland said.

During that incident, the inmate was captured within minutes after a tower officer reported the break to prison staff. In Cavalcante’s case, the tower officer tasked with surveilling the escape route failed to report the jailbreak, which went unnoticed for nearly an hour.

Cavalcante’s absence was only noticed during a head count when his block returned back inside around 9.50am after the basketball game. The jail was then put into lockdown and the 911 centre was notified 10 minutes later.

Mr Holland said the tower officer who failed to report the escape is now on administrative leave and his performance is at the centre of an investigation by the state attorney’s office. The acting warden said that appropriate action would be taken against personnel based on the results of the investigation.

Mr Holland said that following the escape attempt in May, the prison had brought consultants in to increase security at the facility. Razor wire — which Cavalcante pushed through — was placed to prevent access to the roof, but officials didn’t expect “the human element” to fail, Mr Holland said.

“While we believed that the security measures we had in place were sufficient, they have proven otherwise,” Mr Holland said. “And we will work to enhance our security ... One key difference in [this] escape is the role of the tower officer whose primary responsibility is to oversee the inmate in the exercise yard.”

Mr Holland declined to say what the prison officer was believed to be doing during the escape, only noting that he was at the post.

Authorities offer $20,000 reward for information that leads to Cavalcante’s capture

Friday 8 September 2023 22:00 , Andrea Blanco

The Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers have offered $10,000 for information that leads to Cavalcante’s capture, bringing the reward total to $20,000.

Law enforcement teams, including the US Marshals, SWAT, local, state, and other federal agencies, have joined the search to find Cthe fugitive.

Cavalcante was sentenced to life without parole for stabbing his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandão to death.

He attacked Brandão in Schuylkill Township, back in August 2021, in front of her two children, who were just seven and three years old.

He is also wanted for a 2017 murder in Brazil.

Prison officer who failed to report Danelo Cavalcante’s escape from Pennsylvania jail is fired

Friday 8 September 2023 21:57 , Andrea Blanco

The development comes just days after Chester County Prison acting Warden Howard Holland said the officer’s actions were at the centre of an investigation by the state attorney’s office.

The correctional officer failed to see and report Cavalcante’s escape on 31 August.

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Pennsylvania residents want to know why it’s taking so long to catch Danelo Cavalcante

Friday 8 September 2023 20:25 , Andrea Blanco

Residents of the suburban Pennsylvania county where a full-scale manhunt is underway for an escaped inmate have said they can’t understand why it has taken authorities so long to capture the “extremely dangerous” killer.

The manhunt for convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante entered its eighth day on Thursday as several law enforcement agencies, including the US Marshals, SWAT, and local and state police, continue searching a vast wooded area in Chester County where he is believed to be hiding.

The initial search perimeter set up following Cavalcante’s escape from the county’s prison on 31 August had to be expanded yet again on Tuesday after the fugitive was spotted in a creek bed in Pennsbury Township. Cavalcante is now thought to be somewhere near routes 926 and 52, Hillendale Road and Creek Road.

Residents of Pocopson and Pennsbury townships have voiced fears that Cavalcante, who was recently sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend, could break into their homes. A West Chester resident previously said the fugitive, described by authorities as “extremely dangerous,” gained access to his home in the middle of the night and stole food and supplies.

Pennsyvania residents want to know why it’s taking so long to catch Danelo Cavalcante

Latest sighting of fugitive killer in Pennsylvania spurs closure of popular botanical garden

Friday 8 September 2023 18:15 , Andrea Blanco

One of the country’s top botanical gardens has been closed indefinitely after reports that an escaped murderer on the run in southeast Pennsylvania may have once again been spotted on the property.

When Longwood Gardens closed Thursday night, people who remained on the property were told to shelter in place as law officers searched part of the site for fugitive Danelo Souza Cavalcante. The 34-year-old Brazilian man escaped from the Chester County Prison on Aug. 31 by scaling a wall, climbing over razor wire and jumping from a roof.

There was a possible sighting of Cavalcante on Thursday night that was being investigated, state police said, but further details about the sighting and who reported it were not disclosed. It came hours after another person reported seeing Cavalcante in another area of the vast botanical garden.

On Monday night, a surveillance camera on a trail had captured him walking through its grounds.

WATCH: CCTV footage shows Danelo Calvacante's prison escape

Friday 8 September 2023 17:14 , Andrea Blanco

Prison warden on administrative leave amid investigation into jail escape

Friday 8 September 2023 15:36 , Andrea Blanco

Chester County Prison acting warden Howard Holland said that Cavalcante’s jailbreak was similar to another inmate’s escape back in May. During that incident, a tower officer immediately reported the situation to prison staff and the inmate was apprehended within minutes.

In Cavalcante’s case, his absence was not noticed for nearly an hour.

“While we believed that the security measures we had in place were sufficient, they have proven otherwise,” Mr Holland said. “And we will work to enhance our security ... One key difference in [this] escape is the role of the tower officer whose primary responsibility is to oversee the inmate in the exercise yard.”

The state’s attorney’s office is now investigating the jailbreak. Mr Holland said that the actions of the tower officer, who is on administrative leave, are part of the probe and that appropriate action will be taken against personnel based on the results of the investigation.

Authorities try to flush out escaped murderer in suburban Philadelphia manhunt

Friday 8 September 2023 13:30 , Andrea Blanco

Two suburban Philadelphia school districts remained shuttered and one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens was closed as authorities worked to flush out a convicted murderer who escaped from prison last week.

Danelo Cavalcante, 34, has been spotted several times since he escaped Thursday from the Chester State Prison.

The most recent sighting came Monday night at Longwood Gardens, where trail surveillance video captured him walking through the area with a duffel bag, backpack and hooded sweatshirt he apparently stole while on the run.

That sighting led officials to move the search area farther south on Tuesday after they determined that Cavalcante had likely slipped through the original perimeter set by hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers, but they said his movements show he’s feeling the pressure of the massive search and that his options are dwindling.

Sister of woman murdered by ‘dangerous’ fugitive says she hasn’t slept since he went on run

Friday 8 September 2023 13:00 , Andrea Blanco

The sister of Danelo Cavalcante’s victim has revealed that her life has been tarnished with overwhelming fear since the convict’s escape from prison last week.

Sarah Brandao, sister of the victim Deborah Brandao said in an interview that since Cavalcante’s jailbreak last week, “I have been waking up with fright at night”.

Deborah Brandao was stabbed 38 times by her ex-boyfriend Danelo Cavalcante with a kitchen knife in Schuylkill Township Chester in County, Pennsylvania, back in April 2021.

Sarah Brandao told CNN: “I haven’t slept for many days.” She also recounted the day she was told about her sister’s murder. She said her “world ended”.

Read more:

Sister of woman murdered by fugitive says she hasn’t slept since his jailbreak

Popular tourist destination Longwood Gardens temporarily shuts until further notice

Friday 8 September 2023 12:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Longwood Gardens, a popular tourist destination in Chester County will be closed until further notice, officials said in a message to members late yesterday night.

“As the search for the escaped prisoner from Chester County Prison continues, our Gardens are closed until further notice,” Longwood Gardens said in its message.

“Extremely dangerous” Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer, remains at large since escaping from Chester County Prison last week.

Danelo Cavalcante’s escape from Pennsylvania prison captured in newly released video

Friday 8 September 2023 12:00 , Andrea Blanco

At a press conference on Wednesday, state police said that Cavalcante managed to escape from Chester County Prison by jumping onto the facility’s roof from an exercise yard. Surveillance video shows Cavalcante crawling up a wall before he disappears from the frame.

Police said that he later managed to jump down to an area of the prison that had less surveillance. A tower officer tasked with observing the site failed to report the incident, and Cavalcante’s escape was only noticed later during a head count.

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Danelo Cavalcante’s prison escape captured in new video

Eighth day search ends with a confirmed sighting of Cavalcante

Friday 8 September 2023 11:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The eighth day of the search for Danelo Cavalcante concluded with a significant development — a confirmed sighting of the convicted murderer near Longwood Gardens.

At approximately noon, a resident reported a sighting of Cavalcante, 34, running in a wooded area near Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania State Police Lt Col George Bivens said.

This location is close to the region where a trail camera captured images of Cavalcante hiking through the woods twice in the span of an hour late on Monday.

Mr Bivens told the media: “This is an amazing operation going on here. This is not a situation where we have a police dispatcher sitting and waiting for calls to come in.”

How did Danelo Cavalcante manage to slip past Pennsylvania authorities twice?

Friday 8 September 2023 11:00 , Andrea Blanco

Authorities are facing mounting questions over two escapes by Danelo Cavalcante - one from prison and a second from a search perimeter.

Danelo Cavalcante remains on the run nearly a week after the convicted murderer managed to escape Chester County Prison on 31 August.

The jailbreak has prompted a full-scale manhunt and local school closures after officials confirmed that Cavalcante snuck past the initial two-mile search perimeter.

The Independent reports:

How did Danelo Cavalcante manage to slip past Pennsylvania authorities twice?

Pennsyvania residents want to know why it’s taking so long to catch Danelo Cavalcante

Friday 8 September 2023 10:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Residents of the suburban Pennsylvania county where a full-scale manhunt is underway for an escaped inmate have said they can’t understand why it has taken authorities so long to capture the “extremely dangerous” killer.

The manhunt for convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante entered its eighth day on Thursday as several law enforcement agencies, including the US Marshals, SWAT, and local and state police, continue searching a vast wooded area in Chester County where he is believed to be hiding.

The initial search perimeter set up following Cavalcante’s escape from the county’s prison on 31 August had to be expanded yet again on Tuesday after the fugitive was spotted in a creek bed in Pennsbury Township. Cavalcante is now thought to be somewhere near routes 926 and 52, Hillendale Road and Creek Road.

Residents of Pocopson and Pennsbury townships have voiced fears that Cavalcante, who was recently sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend, could break into their homes. A West Chester resident previously said the fugitive, described by authorities as “extremely dangerous,” gained access to his home in the middle of the night and stole food and supplies.

Pennsyvania residents want to know why it’s taking so long to catch Danelo Cavalcante

Search expanded after Cavalcante sneaks past perimeter

Friday 8 September 2023 10:00 , Andrea Blanco

Authorities said during a press conference on Thursday that the search perimeter now expands eight to ten square miles.

“I have every reason to believe he is within that perimeter,” Lt Col Bevins said.

“We are working really hard to capture the convict and not let him go anywhere.”

Danelo Cavalcante killed his girlfriend in front of her children. Now he’s on the run after a prison break

Friday 8 September 2023 09:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Danelo Cavalcante was sentenced to life behind bars for the April 2021 murder of Deborah Brandao. He broke free from jail days later, sparking an ongoing manhunt, Faiza Saqib reports:

He killed his girlfriend in front of her kids. Now he’s on the run from prison

Police say Cavalcante has not left any items behind

Friday 8 September 2023 09:00 , Andrea Blanco

Lt Col Bivens said that investigators have not been able to find any traces left behind by Cavalcante.

An eight-mile search perimeter has been set up based on sightings of Cavalcante.

Mr Bivens said authorities were facing challenges when canvassing the vast area where Cavalcante is believed to be hiding.

“It’s not a perfect piece of land that you can just march through. You’ve got businesses, residences, highways, hills, valleys, wooded areas,” Mr Bivens said.

Popular tourist destination Longwood Gardens temporarily shuts until further notice

Friday 8 September 2023 08:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Longwood Gardens, a popular tourist destination in Chester County will be closed until further notice, officials said in a message to members late yesterday night.

“As the search for the escaped prisoner from Chester County Prison continues, our Gardens are closed until further notice,” Longwood Gardens said in its message.

“Extremely dangerous” Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer, remains at large since escaping from Chester County Prison last week.

Pennsylvania residents are scared Cavalcante could break into their homes

Friday 8 September 2023 08:00 , Andrea Blanco

Residents of Pocopson and Pennsbury townships have voiced fears that Cavalcante, who was recently sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend, could break into their homes.

A West Chester resident previously said the fugitive, described by authorities as “extremely dangerous,” gained access to his home in the middle of the night and stole food and supplies.

Jennifer Briggs, who lives about a mile and a half from Chester County Prison, told CNN that the past week has been unsettling.

Ms Briggs said that her children, who are attending classes virtually after their school was shuttered over the manhunt, are sleeping in the same bedroom with her.

“Anytime you would leave, they were searching your car to make sure he wasn’t in the car,” Ms Briggs recounted. “I had my kids in the car with me, so that was probably the most unsettling moment.”

Authorities try to flush out escaped murderer in suburban Philadelphia manhunt

Friday 8 September 2023 07:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Two suburban Philadelphia school districts remained shuttered and one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens was closed Wednesday as authorities worked to flush out a convicted murderer who escaped from prison last week.

Danelo Cavalcante, 34, has been spotted five times since he escaped Thursday from the Chester State Prison. The most recent sighting came Monday night at Longwood Gardens, where trail surveillance video captured him walking through the area with a duffel bag, backpack and hooded sweatshirt he apparently stole while on the run.

Authorities try to flush out escaped murderer in suburban Philadelphia manhunt

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ICYMI: Danelo Cavalcante’s escape from Pennsylvania prison captured in newly released video

Friday 8 September 2023 06:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Pennsylvania authorities have released footage of the moment murder convict Danelo Cavalcante escaped from prison.

At a press conference on Wednesday, state police said that Cavalcante managed to escape from Chester County Prison by jumping onto the facility’s roof from an exercise yard. Surveillance video shows Cavalcante crawling up a wall before he disappears from the frame.

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Danelo Cavalcante’s prison escape captured in new video

Last sighting was reported on Tuesday evening, police say

Friday 8 September 2023 06:00 , Andrea Blanco

Cavalcante was last spotted near Chandler Road in Pennsbury Township on Tuesday evening. Local and federal law enforcement agencies searched the area for hours but were not able to locate Cavalcante.

Mr Bivens said that search units were experiencing challenges while canvassing the vast wooded area where Cavalcante is believed to be hiding. A K-9 unit had to be hospitalised on Tuesday, Mr Bivens said, after suffering a heat-related medical incident.

“I don’t think he has more ability than we initially gave him credit for, I think it’s a very challenging area,” Mr Bivens said. “We have had some searches like this in the past ... some take hours, some take days, some take months.”

How did Danelo Cavalcante manage to slip past Pennsylvania authorities twice?

Friday 8 September 2023 05:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Authorities are facing mounting questions over two escapes by Danelo Cavalcante - one from prison and a second from a search perimeter.

Danelo Cavalcante remains on the run a week after the convicted murderer managed to escape Chester County Prison on 31 August. The jailbreak has prompted a full-scale manhunt and local school closures after officials confirmed that Cavalcante snuck past the initial two-mile search perimeter.

District Attorney Deb Ryan said the incident was under investigation but declined to elaborate on how Cavalcante — who was recently sentenced to life for murdering his former girlfriend — was able to bypass security at the correctional facility.

Police sources who spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer under the condition of anonymity have now shed light on the circumstances surrounding the 34-year-old’s escape. According to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the escape, Cavalcante climbed onto the prison’s roof from one of the exercise yards.

How did Danelo Cavalcante manage to slip past Pennsylvania authorities twice?

Eighth day search ends with a confirmed sighting of Cavalcante

Friday 8 September 2023 05:18 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The eighth day of the search for Danelo Cavalcante concluded with a significant development — a confirmed sighting of the convicted murderer near Longwood Gardens.

At approximately noon, a resident reported a sighting of Cavalcante, 34, running in a wooded area near Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania State Police Lt Col George Bivens said.

This location is close to the region where a trail camera captured images of Cavalcante hiking through the woods twice in the span of an hour late on Monday.

Mr Bivens told the media: “This is an amazing operation going on here. This is not a situation where we have a police dispatcher sitting and waiting for calls to come in.”

Authorities try to flush out escaped murderer in suburban Philadelphia manhunt

Friday 8 September 2023 05:00 , Andrea Blanco

Two suburban Philadelphia school districts remained shuttered and one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens was closed as authorities worked to flush out a convicted murderer who escaped from prison last week.

Danelo Cavalcante, 34, has been spotted several times since he escaped Thursday from the Chester State Prison.

The most recent sighting came Monday night at Longwood Gardens, where trail surveillance video captured him walking through the area with a duffel bag, backpack and hooded sweatshirt he apparently stole while on the run.

That sighting led officials to move the search area farther south on Tuesday after they determined that Cavalcante had likely slipped through the original perimeter set by hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers, but they said his movements show he’s feeling the pressure of the massive search and that his options are dwindling.

Sister of woman murdered by ‘dangerous’ fugitive says she hasn’t slept since he went on run

Friday 8 September 2023 04:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The sister of Danelo Cavalcante’s victim has revealed that her life has been tarnished with overwhelming fear since the convict’s escape from prison last week.

Sarah Brandao, sister of the victim Deborah Brandao said in an interview that since Cavalcante’s jailbreak last week, “I have been waking up with fright at night”.

Deborah Brandao was stabbed 38 times by her ex-boyfriend Danelo Cavalcante with a kitchen knife in Schuylkill Township Chester in County, Pennsylvania, back in April 2021.

Sarah Brandao told CNN: “I haven’t slept for many days.” She also recounted the day she was told about her sister’s murder. She said her “world ended”.

“She kept saying that he was extremely jealous, that when he drank he became a different person, that he kept going through her cell phone,” Sarah Brandao said.

Read more here:

Sister of woman murdered by fugitive says she hasn’t slept since his jailbreak

‘He said he was going to do something bad to our lives’, daughter of Cavalcante’s victim told police

Friday 8 September 2023 04:00 , Andrea Blanco

The daughter of Danelo Cavalcante’s victim told police that he showed up at their house and said he was going to do “something bad to their lives”, according to an affidavit.

The seven-year-old daughter of Deborah Brandao told police that he “pulled two knives out from a black bag that was behind his back”.

She started screaming and Cavalcante hit her with a rock, police wrote in the affidavit.

Cavalcante is also a suspect in a 2017 homicide case in Brazil, according to US Marshals Service.

Father reveals terrifying moment escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante broke into his home

Friday 8 September 2023 03:00 , Andrea Blanco

A Pennsylvania man has opened up about the terrifying moment an escaped murder convict Danelo Cavalcante apparently broke into his home while his family was sleeping.

The manhunt for Cavalcante entered its seventh day on Wednesday, with at least five confirmed sightings of the fugitive since he escaped from Chester County Prison on 31 August.

Law enforcement initially set up a two-mile perimeter around a wooded area where Cavalcante was believed to be hiding, but the search was expanded after Cavalcante was caught on trail camera sneaking past the perimeter on Monday. Schools in the district have been closed, and authorities have urged residents to remain aware of their surroundings and secure their homes from the killer.

West Chester resident Ryan Drummond claimed in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer that one of Cavalcante’s confirmed sightings occurred at his home. Mr Drummond said that he woke up to noises downstairs on 1 September and realised that there was an intruder.

“I decided not to confront him and thought it was a better move to flick the light switch,” Mr Drummond, whose wife and children were also in the home, told the Inquirer. “And he flicked it back at me, which was terrifying, so I told my wife to call 911.”

Father reveals terrifying moment escaped killer Danelo Cavalcante broke into his home

Why was Danelo Cavalcante sentenced to life?

Friday 8 September 2023 02:00 , Andrea Blanco

Cavalcante was convicted of the murder of 33-year-old Deboral Brandao on 16 August after the jury deliberated for just 15 minutes. He was sentenced to life in prison on 22 August.

Cavalcante and Brandao reportedly met through mutual friends and moved in together with her two children not long after their two-year relationship began.

Prosecutors outlined his domestic abuse against Brandao during the trial.

It was reported that in June 2020, Cavalcante bit Brandao on her lip hard enough to draw blood and chased her and her children out of their home. Brandao and her kids hid in a neighbour’s apartment and a warrant was issued by police for Cavalcante’s arrest. However, he did not turn himself in.

Later that year, Cavalcante allegedly attacked Brandao again, chasing her with a knife, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Brandao then filed for a temporary abuse order against him, but this lapsed in March 2021 when she did not appear at a hearing.

According to evidence presented at the trial, the two kept in touch and police said Cavalcante drove to Brandao’s home to confront her in April 2021.

While Brandao’s children, then aged seven and three, were playing nearby, Cavalcante pulled her hair and threw her to the ground. He then began to stab her repeatedly.

Brandao was later pronounced dead at Paoli Hospital, the outlet said. Two friends of Cavalcante testified during his trial that they helped the murder convict escape and gave him clean clothes so he could “disappear” for a while.

Prosecutors said Cavalcante killed Brandao to stop her from telling police about his outstanding arrest warrant for murder in Brazil

State police say Cavalcante is ‘feeling the pressure'

Friday 8 September 2023 01:00 , Andrea Blanco

Authorities said his movements show he’s feeling the pressure of the massive search and that his options are dwindling.

“That pressure we put on him is working. We squeezed him hard enough in a period of a few days where he couldn’t get some relief, and he squeezed out,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt Col George Bevins said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I wished we could’ve got him, but it’s a large, dark area, with difficult terrain.”

Watch how convicted murderer Danelo Calvacante escaped from prison

Friday 8 September 2023 00:00 , Andrea Blanco

Shocking new footage has shown Danelo Cavalcente’s escape from a Pennsylvania prison by shimmying himself up between two walls.

The criminal broke out of Chester County Prison, southwest of Philadelphia, by climbing between two walls and jumping onto the prison’s roof from the exercise yard.

Cavalcante is thought to have escaped at around 8:50am on 31 August 2023 and is still on the run.

Police believe the manhunt is “wearing Cavalcante down” and are confident of finding him soon.

Cavalcante was in prison for life without parole for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Deborah Brandão.

Hot weather, dense woods complicating search

Thursday 7 September 2023 23:00 , Andrea Blanco

Authorities said on Tuesday that the woods in the search perimeter are so vast that investigators can only walk a few feet without losing sight of each other.

“Obviously, I wish we would have been able to capture him without him getting through that perimeter, but it’s also not shocking,” Lt Col George Bivens said during a press conference. “It’s dark, it’s a large area. Not to make excuses - it’s difficult terrain.”

$20,000 reward offered for information regarding Cavalcante’s whereabouts

Thursday 7 September 2023 22:17 , Andrea Blanco

The Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers have offered $10,000 for information that leads to Cavalcante’s capture, bringing the reward total to $20,000.

Law enforcement teams, including the US Marshals, SWAT, local, state, and other federal agencies, have joined the search to find Cthe fugitive.

Cavalcante was sentenced to life without parole for stabbing his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandão to death. He attacked Brandão in Schuylkill Township, back in August 2021, in front of her two children, who were just seven and three years old.

He is also wanted for a 2017 murder in Brazil.

DA says family of Cavalcante’s murder victim are terrified

Thursday 7 September 2023 20:26 , Andrea Blanco

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryans said during a press conference on Thursday that the family of Deborah Brandao, who was murdered by Cavalcante in 2021, are terrified following his prison escape.

“They do have protection and they are terrified. They haven’t left their home, they’re barricaded inside their home and they are very scared,” Ms Ryan said. “We do have police detail surrounding the home but I know they are very scared and very, very worried.”

Ms Ryan also said that Cavalcante will not be going back to Chester County Prison once he’s captured.

Police say Cavalcante has not left any items behind

Thursday 7 September 2023 20:21 , Andrea Blanco

Lt Col Bivens said that investigators have not been able to find any traces left behind by Cavalcante.

An eight-mile search perimeter has been set up based on sightings of Cavalcante.

Mr Bivens said authorities were facing challenges when canvassing the vast area where Cavalcante is believed to be hiding.

“It’s not a perfect piece of land that you can just march through. You’ve got businesses, residences, highways, hills, valleys, wooded areas,” Mr Bivens said.

Lt Col George Bivens says state police is focusing search on residencial areas

Thursday 7 September 2023 20:16 , Andrea Blanco

Mr Bivens said that authorities were searching residencial areas and what appeared to be abandoned homes.

Authorities were especially focusing on signs of forced entry.

“He’s a very dangerous individual and he remains so,” Mr Bivens said. “He’s already murdered two people in a very brutal manner, one in Brazil and another person here.”

Search perimeter is now eights miles

Thursday 7 September 2023 20:06 , Andrea Blanco

Authorities said during a press conference on Thursday that the search perimeter had to be expanded.

“I have every reason to believe he is within that perimeter,” Lt Col Bevins said. “We are working really hard to capture the convict and not let him go anywhere.”

IN PICTURES: The search for Danelo Cavalcante

Thursday 7 September 2023 19:30 , Andrea Blanco

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Sister of woman murdered by ‘dangerous’ fugitive says she hasn’t slept since he went on run

Thursday 7 September 2023 18:50 , Andrea Blanco

Sarah Brandao, sister of the victim Deborah Brandao said in an interview that since Cavalcante’s jailbreak last week, “I have been waking up with fright at night”.

Deborah Brandao was stabbed 38 times by her ex-boyfriend Danelo Cavalcante with a kitchen knife in Schuylkill Township Chester in County, Pennsylvania, back in April 2021.

The Independent’s Marroosha Muzaffar reports:

Sister of woman murdered by fugitive says she hasn’t slept since his jailbreak

Danelo Cavalcante was last seen in a creek bed

Thursday 7 September 2023 18:06 , Andrea Blanco

Cavalcante was last spotted near Chandler Road in Pennsbury Township on Tuesday evening. Local and federal law enforcement agencies searched the area for hours but were not able to locate Cavalcante.

Mr Bivens said that search units were experiencing challenges while canvassing the vast wooded area where Cavalcante is believed to be hiding. A K-9 unit had to be hospitalised on Tuesday, Mr Bivens said, after suffering a heat-related medical incident.

“I don’t think he has more ability than we initially gave him credit for, I think it’s a very challenging area,” Mr Bivens said. “We have had some searches like this in the past ... some take hours, some take days, some take months.”

‘He said he was going to do something bad to our lives’, daughter of Cavalcante’s victim told police

Thursday 7 September 2023 15:04 , Andrea Blanco

The daughter of Danelo Cavalcante’s victim told police that he showed up at their house and said he was going to do “something bad to their lives”, according to an affidavit.

The seven-year-old daughter of Deborah Brandao told police that he “pulled two knives out from a black bag that was behind his back”.

She started screaming and Cavalcante hit her with a rock, police wrote in the affidavit.

Cavalcante is also a suspect in a 2017 homicide case in Brazil, according to US Marshals Service.

WATCH: CCTV footage shows Danelo Calvacante's prison escape

Thursday 7 September 2023 14:30 , Andrea Blanco

Prison warden on administrative leave amid investigation into jail escape

Thursday 7 September 2023 14:00 , Andrea Blanco

Chester County Prison acting warden Howard Holland said that Cavalcante’s jailbreak was similar to another inmate’s escape back in May. During that incident, a tower officer immediately reported the situation to prison staff and the inmate was apprehended within minutes.

In Cavalcante’s case, his absence was not noticed for nearly an hour.

“While we believed that the security measures we had in place were sufficient, they have proven otherwise,” Mr Holland said. “And we will work to enhance our security ... One key difference in [this] escape is the role of the tower officer whose primary responsibility is to oversee the inmate in the exercise yard.”

The state’s attorney’s office is now investigating the jailbreak. Mr Holland said that the actions of the tower officer, who is on administrative leave, are part of the probe and that appropriate action will be taken against personnel based on the results of the investigation.

Father reveals terrifying moment escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante broke into his home

Thursday 7 September 2023 13:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

A Pennsylvania man has opened up about the terrifying moment an escaped murder convict Danelo Cavalcante apparently broke into his home while his family was sleeping.

The manhunt for Cavalcante entered its seventh day on Wednesday, with at least five confirmed sightings of the fugitive since he escaped from Chester County Prison on 31 August.

Law enforcement initially set up a two-mile perimeter around a wooded area where Cavalcante was believed to be hiding, but the search was expanded after Cavalcante was caught on trail camera sneaking past the perimeter on Monday. Schools in the district have been closed, and authorities have urged residents to remain aware of their surroundings and secure their homes from the killer.

West Chester resident Ryan Drummond claimed in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer that one of Cavalcante’s confirmed sightings occurred at his home. Mr Drummond said that he woke up to noises downstairs on 1 September and realised that there was an intruder.

“I decided not to confront him and thought it was a better move to flick the light switch,” Mr Drummond, whose wife and children were also in the home, told the Inquirer. “And he flicked it back at me, which was terrifying, so I told my wife to call 911.”

Father reveals terrifying moment escaped killer Danelo Cavalcante broke into his home

Danelo Cavalcante’s escape from Pennsylvania prison captured in newly released video

Thursday 7 September 2023 13:00 , Andrea Blanco

At a press conference on Wednesday, state police said that Cavalcante managed to escape from Chester County Prison by jumping onto the facility’s roof from an exercise yard.

Surveillance video shows Cavalcante crawling up a wall before he disappears from the frame.

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