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Authorities said they are offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a convicted murderer, who was seen on surveillance camera Saturday morning just 1.5 miles from the Pennsylvania prison from which the man escaped. Thursday.
Danelo Cavalcante, 34, was seen on camera at 12:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Lenape Road, not far from the Chester County Jail in Pocopson Township.
Police also received a report of an attempted robbery near the area in the 1000 block of Ballintree Lane in Pocopson Township at 11:30 p.m. Friday, though it is unclear if this incident is Cavalcante-related at this time.
The inmate has been on the run since Thursday, when he escaped from prison at 8:50 am, authorities said.
Cavalcante, who is from Brazil, was convicted of first-degree murder on Aug. 16 for fatally stabbing his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend and sentenced to life in prison without parole last week, according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.
The woman had discovered that Danelo had already committed a murder in Brazil, in 2017, and planned to report it to the authorities. For that reason He stabbed her 38 times until she died in front of her two young children, ages 4 and 7..
His daughter, who is now nine years old, was a witness in the trial against the murderer. She said that her mother and Cavalcante were arguing when he grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground.
Cavalcante “is considered an extremely dangerous man” and anyone who sees him should not approach him and call 911 immediately, District Attorney Deb Ryan said in a statement.
“Authorities request that area residents remain at home at this time. Lock your vehicles. Please check your surveillance cameras and contact the police if you see anything suspicious,” authorities added.
Ryan added that Cavalcante He is “very good at hiding from the authorities”and that he would do everything in his power to try and evade capture.
Surveillance footage showed him wearing a light-colored shirt, pants, white sneakers, and a backpack. Cavalcante has long, curly black hair, brown eyes, is five feet tall and weighs about 120 pounds, according to his wanted poster” .
Hundreds of agents from state and local departments, the US Marshals Service and SWAT are searching for Cavalcante.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that could lead to his capture.