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Escaped Killer Cavalcante Caught After Long Pennsylvania Search

It took almost two weeks to find him, but the Pennsylvania State police said escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante was taken into custody at 8:18 a.m. Wednesday, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. His capture came after an overhead airplane picked up his heat signature, and a K-9 found him during a search of the area. The search for Cavalcante ended its 13th day Tuesday in northern Chester County, Pa., with schools closed and wary residents being urged to lock their doors after Cavalcante stole a .22-caliber rifle with a scope from a home overnight. Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said that Cavalcante — who broke out of the Chester County prison on Aug. 31 by scaling a wall in the exercise yard — had ducked into a garage around 10:10 p.m. Monday and grabbed the rifle. The homeowner, who was just feet away from Cavalcante at one point, fired several shots with a pistol, but police don’t believe the fugitive was struck. “We have always considered him to be a risk,” Bivens said. “We just now absolutely know that he has a weapon.”


Cavalcante’s capture “ends the nightmare of the past two weeks,” said Chester County’s three commissioners. They added that, “Chester County Prison officials have made some immediate changes to bolster security in the prison, have brought in security contractors to make permanent changes to the exercise yards, and are reviewing and - where needed - changing procedures for both security measures and communication to residents who live close to the prison.”

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