400 police officers are searching for escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante

At least 400 officers, some working 12-hour days, are searching for a dangerous escaped convict – who continues to elude them despite multiple sightings in Pennsylvania.

It’s been 10 days since convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante climbed a wall at the Chester County Jail and rushed to freedom.

Since the 34-year-old Brazilian man’s escape on August 31, there have been nearly a dozen confirmed sightings in Chester County – including two on Friday – and officials have assigned additional officers to the manhunt. CNN reported on Saturday.

“We attracted more people during the night last night,” Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police said Friday, adding that state police and other agencies had sent reinforcements.

“We have numerous tactical teams conducting search operations.”

State police described Cavalcante as extremely dangerous.

A booking photo of Danelo Cavalcante.
Danelo Cavalcante, a 34-year-old Brazilian, was recently sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his former girlfriend.
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A photo of a Pennsylvania police officer.
Pennsylvania State Police guard the edge of a search zone in Kennett Square as they search for escaped convict Danelo Cavalcante.
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A photo by Danelo Cavalcante.
The police call in more officers to search for the escaped murderer.
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Cavalcante was recently sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally stabbing 33-year-old Deborah Brandao, his former girlfriend, in 2021 while her 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son were present.

He was awaiting transfer to a state facility when he escaped from the Chester County Jail last week by scaling a wall, climbing over barbed wire and jumping from a roof to a less secure area to escape guards.

It was a tower guard who “did not see” or report the murderer’s escape nine days ago released on Thursday. The guard, an 18-year prison veteran, has not yet been identified.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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