Escaped killer Danelo Cavalcante caught after two weeks

A Pennsylvania fugitive has been caught two weeks after he escaped prison and sparked a massive manhunt.

Danelo Cavalcante, 34, was arrested in a wooded area inside a police perimeter, says a law enforcement source.

More than 500 officers were deployed on the Brazilian national’s trail after he broke out on 31 August.

He was sentenced last month to life for killing his ex-girlfriend in front of her two young children in April 2021.

Police are expected to share the details of his capture at a news conference on Wednesday morning.

Local media footage shows Cavalcante being loaded into the back of an armoured police van.

Also wanted in connection with a murder in his home country, he had evaded a previous police perimeter over the weekend.

Residents of Chester County had been on edge amid multiple recent sightings.

Police on Tuesday warned that the escaped murderer had stolen a .22 calibre rifle from a home.

Danelo Cavalcante caught

But Pennsylvania’s governor later said “the gig is almost up” and urged Cavalcante to turn himself in.

Family members of the killer’s slain victim, Deborah Brandao, have been under 24-hour police surveillance for fear he may attempt to confront them.

In an interview with the New York Times, Cavalcante’s mother said he was simply fighting to survive and “did not pose a threat to anyone”.

“I know what my son did was wrong. I know my son should pay for his mistake,” Iracema Cavalcante said.

“But I want my son to pay for his mistake with dignity. Not to pay with his life.”

In addition to murdering Brandao, Cavalcante is accused of murdering a young friend over an unpaid debt in the central Brazilian state of Tocantins in 2017.

His mother tried to excuse her son’s murder of his ex-girlfriend, after she threatened to turn him in over that earlier killing.

“Did it happen? It happened,” she told the New York Times. “But it happened because of the stranglehold she put on him, the stance she took with him.”

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