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Escaped murderer captured after extensive search, police say



Pennsylvania State Police say escaped murderer Danelo Souza Cavalcante has been captured after nearly two weeks on the run.

State police announced Cavalcante's capture on social media on Wednesday and planned a news conference announcing details.

Heavily armed police had descended on the South Coventry Township area, closing roads and telling residents to lock their doors.

Cavalcante, 34, broke out of the Chester County jail on August 31 while awaiting transfer to a state prison to serve a life sentence for fatally stabbing an ex-girlfriend in 2021.

Prosecutors said he killed her to stop her from telling police that he was wanted in a slaying in Brazil, his home country.

Prosecutors there, in Tocantins state, said Cavalcante was accused of "double qualified homicide" in the 2017 killing of Válter Júnior Moreira dos Reis in the municipality of Figueiropolis, over a debt the victim owed him for repairing a vehicle.

Deadly force has been authorised in the hunt for Danelo Cavalcante.

To escape the Chester County lockup, Cavalcante scaled a wall by crab-walking up from the recreation yard, climbing over razor wire, running across a roof and jumping to the ground.

His escape went undetected for more than an hour until guards took a head count. The tower guard on duty was fired, officials said.

More to come.

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