“Extremely dangerous” murderer escapes Pennsylvania prison

A 34-year-old convicted murderer escaped from a prison in Pennsylvania Thursday morning, just a week after he was sentenced to life without parole for stabbing an ex-girlfriend to death, officials said.

Danelo Cavalcante escaped around 8:45 a.m. from Chester County Jail in West Chester, about an hour from Philadelphia, Cavalcante, who “considered an extremely dangerous manwas last seen around 9:40 a.m. on Wawaset Road in Pocopson Township, said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan. A prison official gave no details about the escape and said it was under investigation.

Cavalcante is also wanted for murder in Brazil US Marshals Service of Philadelphia said. He has Brazilian nationality and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Cavalcante also speaks some English.

Cavalcante is five feet tall and weighs 120 pounds, authorities said. He has black hair and brown eyes. Cavalcante has a mustache and beard in an image released by authorities. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray shorts and white sneakers.

Authorities stressed that people should not approach Cavalcante if they see him. Anyone who sees him or has information should call 911. The Marshals Service and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office are offering a joint reward of $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.

The Chester County Department of Emergency Services issued an emergency alert following Cavalcante’s escape. Dozens of law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for Cavalcante, Ryan said. K-9 units, drones and helicopters have been deployed.

Cavalcante was convicted of first-degree murder on August 16 for fatally stabbing his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend in April 2021. Her family has been notified of Cavalcante’s escape, authorities said during a news conference. Officials have not released details of the murder he is wanted for in Brazil.

Aliza Chasan is a digital producer at 60 Minutes and CBS News.

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