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Police confirm escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante is in custody

Convicted murderer and illegal alien Danelo Cavalcante was captured Wednesday and is now in custody, police confirmed.

State Police made the announcement on social media as the search for the fugitive entered its 14th day. Cavalcante’s condition has not been released.

AP reports that Cavalcante had been evading hundreds of searchers for two weeks by hiding in wooded areas, breaking into suburban homes for food, fleeing under fire with a rifle stolen from a garage, stealing a vehicle and changing his appearance.

The raids forced schools to close at the start of the school year, prompted warnings to homeowners to lock their doors and blocked roads during the busy Labor Day weekend.

Cavalcante escaped from the Chester County Jail in southeastern Pennsylvania on August 31. crab walk between two walls topped with barbed wire, then he jumps from the roof and runs away.

Less than three weeks before escaping from prison, Cavalcante was convicted of murdering Deborah Brandao, 33, in front of her seven-year-old daughter and three-year-old son in April 2021. He was sentenced to life in prison. without parole.

The illegal alien is believed to have crossed the US-Mexico border sometime after allegedly murdering a man in Brazil in 2017 and after Brazilian law enforcement issued an arrest warrant against him in June 2018.

The prison tower guard who was on duty at the time of Cavalcante’s escape was fired. The escape went unnoticed for more than an hour until guards took a headcount.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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