A 34-year-old convicted murderer, Danelo Cavalcante, has escaped from Chester County Prison, leading to a collective manhunt by local, state, and federal authorities. Cavalcante, who was serving a life sentence without parole, managed to flee the prison on Thursday morning in Pocopson Township. The incident is currently under investigation, according to the prison’s warden, Howard Holland.
Cavalcante, described as a Brazilian male who speaks Portuguese and Spanish, is considered extremely dangerous. He is 5 feet tall, weighs 120 lbs, and has shaggy black curly hair and brown eyes. At the time of his escape, he was wearing a white t-shirt, gray shorts, and white sneakers. Cavalcante’s escape comes just two weeks after being found guilty of murder on August 16. He is also wanted for a separate killing in Brazil in 2017.
During a press conference, Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan urged the community to be vigilant and assist in locating Cavalcante. Residents within a 6-mile radius of the prison have already received an alert regarding the escape. Cavalcante was last seen walking on Wawaset Road in Pocopson Township around 9:40 a.m.
Authorities are in the process of setting up a tip line to gather information from the public. Given Cavalcante’s history of violence, law enforcement officials are treating this escape as a high-priority matter.