September 14, 2023 – In Breaking News – CNN
The convicted murderer who escaped a Pennsylvania prison late last month is once again behind bars, now facing additional charges, after a nearly two-week manhunt that captured national attention and put the surrounding community on edge.
Police caught Danilo Cavalcante, 34, by surprise in the woods of South Coventry Township on Wednesday morning, where a police dog played a critical role in his dramatic capture.
The escaped inmate was planning to leave the country, according to Robert Clark, supervisory deputy US marshal for Pennsylvania’s eastern district.
“His endgame was to carjack somebody and to head north up to Canada, and he intended to do that in the next 24 hours,” Clark told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.
Clark, who did not speak with Cavalcante, cited what deputy marshals told him about an interview that the prisoner had with law enforcement officials after his capture.
(Supervisory Deputy US Marshal, Robert Clark, speaks with CNN’s Erin Burnett about the 13-day manhunt that led to the capture of escaped Pennsylvania inmate Danilo Cavalcante. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted Sept 13, 2023.)
“He said the law enforcement presence where he was was immense, and he felt that he needed to leave,” Clark said.
Cavalcante is now being held in a Pennsylvania maximum security prison, State Correctional Institution – Phoenix, in Montgomery County, where he will serve a life sentence for his murder conviction.
He’s now also been charged with felony escape and is due to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on September 27, court records show.
(See the first images as escaped inmate Danelo Cavalcante is taken back into police custody. Cavalcante, a convicted murderer, escaped from prison on August 31, prompting a massive manhunt. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on Sept 13, 2023.)
An attorney has not been listed on court documents for Cavalcante, and the public defender’s office declined to comment. Pennsylvania authorities updated the spelling of Cavalcante’s first name to Danilo in court documents Wednesday.
The inmate, who was convicted last month of first-degree murder for killing his former girlfriend and sentenced to life in prison, escaped from Chester County Prison in a rural area some 30 miles west of Philadelphia on August 31.
Continue reading… Escaped Pennsylvania killer Danilo Cavalcante was planning to flee to Canada before he was captured, US marshal says
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