Escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante has been arrested after 2 weeks on the run in Pennsylvania
Sep 13, 2023, 6:45 AM | Updated: 9:03 am
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POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Escaped murderer Danelo Souza Cavalcante was captured Wednesday after eluding hundreds of searchers for two weeks, a conclusion that relieved residents of southeastern Pennsylvania who had endured sleepless nights as he hid in the woods, broke into suburban homes for food, changed his appearance, and fled under gunfire with a rifle pilfered from a garage, authorities said.
Cavalcante’s heat signal was picked up around 1 a.m. from an aircraft, but storms prevented teams from continuing to track him until the morning, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said. In the meantime, tactical teams secured the area, and later moved in with search dogs, Bivens said at a news conference.
“They were able to move in very quietly. They had the element of surprise,” Bivens said. “Cavalcante did not realize he was surrounded until that had occurred.”
A convicted murderer who escaped from a Pennsylvania prison is in police custody after being the target of a search by more than 500 law enforcement officers since escaping on Aug. 31. https://t.co/nW17NElRqc https://t.co/bwax7h6GV0
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