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Massive manhunt for escaped inmate convicted of murder

Authorities in Pennsylvania are frantically searching for Danelo Cavalcante, a 34-year-old Brazilian who broke out of the Chester County Jail. Cavalcante had been sentenced to life in prison just a week earlier for the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend, Deborah Brandao, whom he stabbed to death in front of their two young children.

Acting Chester County Sheriff Howard Holland remained tight-lipped about the details of the escape during a news conference Thursday, confirming only that an investigation is ongoing. Cavalcante was last seen on foot in Pocopson Township about an hour after his escape.

Residents living within a six-mile radius of the prison have been warned to be on high alert. A myriad of law enforcement agencies, armed with dogs, drones and helicopters, are involved in the hunt. Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan emphasized Cavalcante’s dangerous nature and advised the public to call 911 if they spot him instead of approaching him.

Brandao was stabbed 38 times by Cavalcante in April 2021. After the murder, he was arrested in Virginia within hours. Before his death, Brandao had discovered that Cavalcante was wanted for another murder in Brazil and had threatened to report him to the police. He is also suspected of killing a man in Brazil in 2017 over a financial dispute.

The US Marshals Service and local authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Cavalcante’s arrest.

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