What did Danilo Cavalcante do? Convicted Killer Hit with 20 New Charges in Recent Arrest

What did Danilo Cavalcante do? Convicted Killer Hit with 20 New Charges in Recent Arrest

What did Danilo Cavalcante do? Convicted Killer Hit with 20 New Charges in Recent Arrest

What did Danilo Cavalcante do? Convicted Killer Hit with 20 New Charges in Recent Arrest

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Danilo Cavalcante, the convicted murderer who sparked a massive manhunt after fleeing from a prison in southeast Pennsylvania, is facing new charges related to alleged offenses during his escape.

The Pennsylvania State Police have charged the 34-year-old with multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including burglary, unlawful firearm possession, and theft, among other charges.

Charges stemming from escaped Danilo Cavalcante’s activities

The charges revealed by investigators are linked to Danilo Cavalcante’s alleged burglaries and thefts committed while on the run. According to reports, he is accused of breaking into homes and stealing various items, including a transit van, a rifle, ammunition, clothing, and other belongings.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry expressed concern, stating that Cavalcante employed various tactics to avoid authorities, thereby increasing the risks to public safety.

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Initially handed a life sentence for the 2021 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Cavalcante escaped from Chester County Prison on August 31. Despite an extensive two-week manhunt involving law enforcement across southeastern Pennsylvania, he successfully evaded capture until September 13, as reported by USA Today.

The string of offenses and search operation

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Authorities allege that Danilo Cavalcante committed burglaries across Pennsbury and South Coventry townships, reportedly stealing items to change his appearance and aid in his escape. One incident involved the burglary of a home in Pennsbury Township, which was identified after his apprehension when the resident recognized stolen items. Other reported incidents include the theft of a transit van from Pocopson Township, near the prison, and the theft of a rifle loaded with ammunition from South Coventry Township.

Cavalcante’s escape caused disruption, leading to shelter-in-place orders, school closures, and roadblocks that affected communities during the extensive search. Criticism of Chester County Prison’s security emerged, particularly in light of previous escape incidents and warnings about Cavalcante’s potential breakout.

Addressing these concerns, the prison board approved security enhancement plans totaling $3.5 million, emphasizing the importance of increased security measures and revised operational protocols.

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