Danilo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer who managed to escape from a southeastern Pennsylvania prison earlier this year, has been arraigned on theft, burglary, and other charges related to alleged crimes committed during his time on the run. The 34-year-old appeared via video conference during a brief hearing and remained largely silent.
Cavalcante’s escape occurred on August 31 from Chester County Prison, triggering a massive two-week search effort. Authorities revealed that after his escape, he stole a transit van and carried out burglaries in southeastern Pennsylvania, during which items including a rifle, ammunition, clothing, and a sleeping bag were taken.
Prosecutors have combined the new charges with the initial escape charge filed against Cavalcante after his capture. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled to delve into further details regarding both sets of charges.
The charges levied against Cavalcante on Monday include felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, and possession of a firearm, in addition to several misdemeanor charges such as theft and receiving stolen property. The county public defender’s office, representing him, and prosecutors have refrained from commenting further after Friday’s hearing.
Cavalcante had previously been serving a life sentence for the 2021 murder of Deborah Brandao in front of her children. Prosecutors argued that his motive was to prevent her from reporting his involvement in a 2017 killing in Brazil. His escape took place while he awaited transfer to a state prison; he had managed to scale a wall and jump from a roof.
Following a tense two-week manhunt that prompted school closures and security warnings to residents in the area, Cavalcante was recaptured on September 13. Law enforcement achieved a breakthrough when a plane equipped with thermal imaging technology detected Cavalcante’s heat signature, enabling ground teams to secure the area and apprehend him with the assistance of search dogs.