September 5, 2023 – In Breaking News – ABC News
An escaped killer on the loose in Pennsylvania slipped through a police perimeter and was recorded on a trail camera in a nearby botanical garden, prompting authorities to expand the focus of their search for the “dangerous” fugitive on Tuesday morning, officials said.
Police suspect Danelo Cavalcante might still be hiding in Longwood Gardens, a sprawling horticulture attraction about 5 miles southwest of the prison he escaped from six days ago in Pocopson Township.
“He’s trying to escape and that’s what he managed to do. He found a point that he could squeeze through that perimeter and he traveled south,” Lt. Col. George Bevins, deputy commissioner of operations for the Pennsylvania State Police, said at a news conference Tuesday.
(The search for Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer who fled Chester County prison, reached its fifth day on Monday, leaving neighbors on edge. Courtesy of FOX 29 Philadelphia and YouTube. Posted on Sept 4, 2023.)
Bevins said Longwood Gardens, which was closed on Tuesday due to the search, is just south of a perimeter police had established in a residential area where Cavalcante was spotted Sunday night by a state trooper.
The 34-year-old Cavalcante was recorded twice on the private trail camera set up at Longwood Gardens, Bevins said.
He said the escapee was first recorded at 8:21 p.m. Monday walking north in the gardens and was captured by the same camera at 9:33 p.m. walking south.
Bevins showed grainy black-and-white images taken from the trail camera of Cavalcante.
Bevins pointed out that the fugitive was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and carrying a backpack and a duffle bag, items he is suspected of stealing since his Aug. 31 escape from the Chester County Prison.
He said the owner of the private trail camera contacted police immediately after checking the camera.
(Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Cavalcante’s mother recorded a message in Portuguese urging him to surrender. Courtesy of CBS News Philadelphia and YouTube. Posted on Sept 4, 2023.)
Bevins estimated that “several hours” elapsed between the time Cavalcante was recorded on the camera and when officers analyzed the footage and confirmed it was him.
“You’re dealing with someone who is desperate and doesn’t want to get caught,” Bevins said.
“He’s a bad guy. He needs to be in custody, and we’re determined to capture him.”
The latest sighting of Cavalcante came a day after he was spotted from a distance in a residential area of Pocopson Township by a state trooper, who gave chase but lost the wiry 5-foot-tall, 120-pound fugitive, Bevins said.
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