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Pa. state police confirm escaped killer Danelo Cavalcante is armed; considered ‘extremely dangerous’

Escaped killer Danelo Cavalcante was able to steal a .22 rifle and ammunition from a South Coventry homeowner’s garage Monday night and is now considered “armed and extremely dangerous,” according to law enforcement authorities at a news conference Tuesday morning at the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company.

The manhunt for Cavalcante continues in the northern part of Chester County with upwards of 450 law enforcement officers in the push to capture the convicted murderer, said Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens.

Police were also able to recover articles of clothing that belonged to Cavalcante and reported that he stole a pair of work boots from the porch of a nearby residence, discarding his prison-issued sneakers.

Bivens said the homeowner on Coventryville Road, from where Cavalcante stole the rifle, fired several shots at him from a pistol. It was unknown, however, if Cavalcante was struck by any of the bullets.

The latest developments in the ongoing manhunt prompted Owen J. Roberts School District to close all its schools and offices for the day. Pottstown School District also is keeping students indoors.

This story will be updated. 

The background

Cavalcante, 34, who lived in Montgomery County before his arrest on murder charges, was convicted of first-degree murder in August for the April 2021 stabbing death of his former girlfriend, Deborah Brandao, outside her home in Schuylkill Township.

She had learned that he was wanted on a murder warrant in his native Brazil, and threatened to expose him to police if he did not stop stalking her. She had twice before reported that he had been violent with her, but he was never arrested in those case.

According to reports, prosecutors in Tocantins state in Brazil have confirmed that a criminal case attributes “the crime of double qualified homicide to the defendant Danilo Souza Cavalcante.” Authorities allege that Válter Júnior Moreira dos Reis was killed in 2017 in Figueirópolis over a debt the victim owed Cavalcante in connection with repair of a vehicle. Cavalcante went into hiding after the murder, made his way to Puerto Rico, and entered the United State illegally in 2018.

He had been sentenced to life in prison without parole following his conviction, and was awaiting transfer to the state prison system when he escaped on Aug. 31.

Source: Berkshire mont

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