Danelo Souza Cavalcante escaped frorm the Chester County Prison on Aug. 31, 2023. (Images: Chester County District Attorney

Danelo Souza Cavalcante escaped from the Chester County Prison on Aug. 31, 2023. (Images: Chester County District Attorney’s Office)

Convicted murderer and fugitive Danelo Souza Cavalcante, 34, has been captured, ending an almost two-week manhunt. He escaped from the Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania by climbing up the exercise wall on Aug. 31, and he had about an hourlong head start by the time officials put the facility on lockdown.

In a press conference Wednesday morning announcing the arrest, authorities said they picked up a heat signal in the early morning and tracked it, though a law enforcement aircraft had to back off because of bad weather that included lightning.

Shortly after 8 a.m., however, officers wearing tactical gear moved slowly into the area.

Cavalcante did not realize he was surrounded until it was too late, they said. According to officers, he crawled through the underbrush with the stolen rifle.

Law enforcement released a K-9, who subdued the fugitive. Authorities forcibly took him into custody after he continued to resist. He received a minor bite wound, and medical personnel took a look at that, authorities said.

Authorities had called him dangerous and desperate because of how he ended up behind bars in the first place. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole last month for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Deborah Brandão, 33, in Schuylkill Township in front of her two children, a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old. The kids ran for help as the killer stabbed their mother 38 times. Cavalcante struck the heart, kidney, lungs, and liver.

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