Pennsylvania authorities are searching for Brazilian fugitive Danelo Cavalcante and blasting recordings of his mother’s voice from helicopter speakers in a desperate bid to arrest the killer who stabbed his girlfriend 38 times in front of his children .
- Pennsylvania State Police are playing a recorded message from the mother of Brazilian fugitive Danelo Cavalcante in the hope that he will turn himself in.
- The 34-year-old was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2021 murder of his former girlfriend Débora Brandao.
- Cavalcante has been on the run since Thursday morning, when he escaped from Chester County Maximum Security Jail.
Pennsylvania authorities have stepped up their search for a Brazilian fugitive by sounding his mother’s voice from police loudspeakers and by helicopter.
Danelo Cavalcante escaped from a Chester County maximum security prison on Thursday morning.
The 34-year-old man was sentenced two weeks ago to life for the murder, in April 2021, of his ex-girlfriend Débora Brandao, 34, a mother of two.
State police, who have taken over the investigation, have deployed patrol cars and helicopters that relay a recorded message from Cavalcante’s mother.
Pennsylvania authorities have deployed patrol cars and helicopters broadcasting a message in Portuguese from the mother of convicted Brazilian killer Danelo Cavalcante, who has been on the run since Thursday when he escaped from a county jail. Chester, where he was awaiting transfer to state prison after being found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend
Débora Brandao (pictured) was stabbed to death in April 2021 by Danelo Cavalcante, who feared turning him over to the police because she knew he had murdered someone in Brazil.
The message, in Portuguese, asks him to surrender to the police without threat of violence.
Pennsylvania State Police Assistant Commissioner George Bivens said Monday that if Cavalcante “does not actively surrender, deadly force is authorized.”
Authorities received reports of four credible sightings, but were unable to locate the convicted killer.
A residential surveillance camera showed Cavalcante walking through a wooded area around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
At the time, he was wearing slacks, a light-colored t-shirt and white sneakers, police said.
Pennsylvania authorities have said “deadly force” will be used if Danelo Cavalcante does not transform.
Débora Brandao was murdered in front of her two children by Danelo Cavalcante in 2021
Authorities have yet to say how Cavalcante escaped from the prison, where he was being held pending transfer to a state prison.
Cavalcante is also wanted for a murder that occurred in 2021 in Brazil. Prosecutors say he stabbed Brandao in front of his two children to prevent her from reporting him to US authorities.
He was apprehended in Virginia after killing Brandao. Authorities believe he was trying to flee to Mexico in order to return to Brazil.
Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said last week that Cavalcante may be considering traveling south again.