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Video: Illegal immigrant murderer escapes prison by climbing a wall

Police car is photographed in Norfolk, Va., (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot/TNS)
September 10, 2023

In a shocking breach of prison security, Danelo Cavalcante, a 34-year-old convicted murderer and an illegal alien, managed to escape Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania by scaling a brick wall and climbing over a razor-wire fence.

This audacious escape, captured in newly released footage, has triggered an intensive manhunt led by Pennsylvania State Police.

According to Breitbart, Cavalcante, a Brazilian national convicted for the 2021 murder of 33-year-old Deborah Brandao, fled the prison on August 31, less than three weeks after receiving a life sentence without parole.

Cavalcante had been found guilty of stabbing Brandao multiple times in front of her two young children. Brandao had threatened to inform authorities about Cavalcante’s status as an illegal alien and his fugitive status in Brazil for a 2017 murder.

The video footage from the prison shows Cavalcante escaping the prison by climbing a brick wall and avoiding detection by prison guards and other inmates. Once Cavalcante reached the top, he reportedly climbed over razor wire, likely sustaining injuries in the process, before making his escape.

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“This is an outrage. It never should have happened,” Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan stated in a news conference following the incident. Since the escape, authorities have received reports of at least eight possible sightings of the convict, the latest around noon Thursday, according to state police Lt. Col. George Bivens.

Cavalcante had initially tried to flee to Mexico and then Brazil after the murder of Brandao but was apprehended in Virginia. According to Breitbart, he is believed to have illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico after Brazilian authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in 2018 for a previous murder.

As the manhunt continues, the dramatic event underscores the challenges law enforcement agencies face in managing complex security protocols and serves as a sobering reminder of the risks posed by criminal elements who manage to elude border controls.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.