Convicted killer Danelo Cavalcante’s sister has been apprehended by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as authorities say the escaped murderer has sought to contact former co-workers a week and a half after breaking out of a Chester County prison.
Eleni Cavalcante faces potential deportation due to “some immigration issues,” State Pennsylvania Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said during a news conference on Sunday, though he did not specify whether she was arrested for aiding Cavalcante in evading police capture.
On Saturday night, Cavalcante evaded a police perimeter surrounding the Longwood Gardens botanical garden, altered his appearance, and seized a milk delivery van. He traveled over 20 miles to East Pikeland Township and Phoenixville, where he contacted two former coworkers for assistance.
Before 10 p.m. on Saturday, he went to the residence of a former coworker in East Pikeland Township and requested a meeting, according to police. After returning home and examining the doorbell video, the homeowner, who was at dinner with his family and did not respond, contacted the police.
Cavalcante then traveled to Phoenixville around 10 p.m., where police say he went to the residence of a second former coworker who was also absent.
State Police Release Doorbell Image of Escaped Cavalcante’s Outfit
According to state police, a doorbell image of a clean-shaven Cavalcante showed him donning a yellow or green hooded sweatshirt, a black baseball cap, green prison trousers, and white shoes.
Investigators discovered the stolen van, a white Ford Transit, in a field behind a barn in East Nantmeal Township, approximately 15 miles west of Phoenixville, at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday.
Bivens stated that he believed Cavalcante abandoned the vehicle in part due to its low fuel level.
Authorities were concerned that Cavalcante would attempt to steal another vehicle or had already done so. Law enforcement was scouring the surrounding area for any trace of Cavalcante.
“I do not have a report of a stolen vehicle; I anticipate that we will,” Bivens said.
Bivens pledged to “vigorously continue” the search using federal, state, county, and local resources, describing the current situation as “a minor setback.”
“We’ll get him, it’s a matter of time,” Bivens said.
In 2021, Cavalcante was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and given a life sentence in prison. Originally from Brazil, where he is also sought for murder, he is purportedly illegally present in the United States.
31 August morning, Cavalcante escaped from the Chester County Prison. On surveillance footage, Cavalcante was observed crab-walking along a wall in the exercise yard. Before leaving the penitentiary, he pushed through razor wire, ran across the roof, scaled another fence, and pushed through more razor wire.
Source: Fox News