DANELO Cavalcante was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his ex-girlfriend.

He escaped from prison on August 31, but who is the fugitive and which prison did he escape from?

Photo of escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante provided by Chester County, Pa., District Attorney’s Office


Photo of escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante provided by Chester County, Pa., District Attorney’s OfficeCredit: AP

Who is Danelo Cavalcante?

Danelo Cavalcante is a 34-year-old Brazilian national who was given life in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandao to death in April 2021 in front of her two young children, who were aged four and seven at the time of the murder.

The monster reportedly stabbed Brandao 38 times during the sickening slaying.

Cavalcante is also wanted in Brazil for a separate killing that occurred in 2017.

Prosecutors believed he killed Brandao to stop her from telling police information about this murder.

Cavalcante came to the United States illegally from Puerto Rico after fleeing Brazil following the 2017 murder.

What was Danelo Cavalcante convicted of?

Danelo Cavalcante was convicted of first-degree murder.

The sentence was passed down after he brutally murdered his ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandao by repeatedly stabbing her in a frenzied attack.

The murder was committed in Schuylkill Townsip in April, 2021.

Which prison did Danelo Cavalcante escape from?

Danelo Cavalcante escaped from Chester County Prison in West Chester, Pennsylvania during the morning of Thursday, August 31, 2023.

He was spotted on a residential surveillance camera about 1.5 miles from the jail he escaped from, according to the Chester County District Attorney.

He was wearing a white T-shirt and white sneakers.

His clothes appeared to be prison-issued and he was carrying a backpack.

A massive search has begun for Danelo Cavalcante after he fled the Pennsylvania county jail yesterday morning.

District Attorney Deb Ryan told reporters at a news conference that search efforts are focusing on railways, waterways, and routes out of the area.

Ryan added that authorities believe Cavalcante is trying to flee south.

How did Danelo Cavalcante escape?

Authorities have not yet revealed how the criminal managed to escape Chester State Prison on Thursday morning.

The convict was later seen on cameras approximately 1.5miles from the prison.

Captain Robert Bailey said at a press conference that authorities are narrowing the scope of their search.

He explained: “We believe that he may be in a residential location that is comprised with hundreds of homes in a deeply wooded area at this time, but our search remains active.”

Authorities told reporters that police have responded to possible break-ins in the area and are searching residential homes near the county jail that Cavalcante escaped from.

At a news conference DA Ryan said: “Look in your basements, look around your areas, check your cars. Make sure that things are locked.”

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She added: “There is no evidence at this time that anyone has helped to facilitate this escape, or is assisting him at this time.”

Acting Warden of Chester County Prison, Howard Holland, said an investigation is underway to establish who the escape happened, explaining: “Once we knew we had an issue with an inmate not being there, we immediately followed our protocols, locked down the prison, did what we call a special count to confirm there was only one person missing.”

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