A convicted murderer, identified as 34-year-old Danelo Cavalcante, has escaped from the Chester County Prison in Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania. The escape occurred on Thursday morning, around 8:50 a.m., according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. Cavalcante was last seen walking on Wawaset Road in Pocopson Township at around 9:40 a.m.
An investigation is underway to determine how the escape happened. Howard Holland, the acting warden of the prison, stated that immediate protocols were implemented, including a lockdown of the prison and a special count to confirm the absence of only one person.
Cavalcante had been convicted of first-degree murder on August 16, 2023, for fatally stabbing his 33-year-old former girlfriend in April 2021. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole last week. Additionally, he is also wanted for a 2017 murder in Brazil.
Authorities have classified Cavalcante as an extremely dangerous individual and are seeking the public’s help in locating him. He is described as five feet tall, weighing 120 pounds, with long, shaggy black curly hair and brown eyes. At the time of his escape, he was wearing a white t-shirt, grey shorts, and white sneakers. Cavalcante is a Brazilian man who speaks Portuguese and Spanish, as well as some English.
If anyone encounters Cavalcante or has any information about his whereabouts, they are urged to contact 911 immediately. Updates on this developing story can be found on Action News and 6abc.com.
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