In a harrowing turn of events, Danelo Cavalcante, convicted for the brutal murder of his former girlfriend, Deborah Brandao, has managed a daring escape from a Pennsylvania prison, just days after being sentenced to life behind bars.
Who was Deborah Brandão?
Deborah Brandão, tragically taken from this world in a horrifying act of violence, was the former girlfriend of Danelo Cavalcante. In April 2021, the lives of Brandão and her two young children were forever scarred when Cavalcante brutally stabbed her 38 times in their presence. This horrific event unfolded after Brandão had sought protection from abuse by filing a restraining order against him the previous year, highlighting the devastating consequences of domestic violence.
The aftermath of Cavalcante’s jailbreak, a week ago, has left Brandão’s sister unable to find rest. The manhunt for the 34-year-old Brazilian national continues in Pennsylvania, prompting heightened security measures in the area, including residents being urged to secure their homes and local schools remaining closed. The relentless pursuit of this killer fugitive by hundreds of law enforcement officers, equipped with helicopters, drones, and search dogs, underscores the urgency of bringing him to justice.
He has managed to escape from a Pennsylvania prison, only days after receiving a life sentence for his heinous crime.
The escape took place at the Chester County Prison in Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania. Cavalcante made his move at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, the 31st of August. While fellow inmates were engaged in a basketball game in the exercise yard, Cavalcante exhibited a remarkable feat of agility. He scaled a wall and navigated through razor wire to access the prison roof. From there, he descended to another section of the prison before making his getaway on foot. This method of escape eerily mirrored a previous incident in May, underlining a concerning security lapse.
Alarming as it may be, Cavalcante’s absence went unnoticed for nearly an hour. It was only during a routine headcount around 9:50 a.m., after the basketball game concluded, that his absence was discovered. The prison was immediately placed on lockdown, and the 911 center was notified. The tower officer tasked with overseeing the exercise yard, whose failure to report the escape is now under scrutiny, has been placed on administrative leave.
The search for Cavalcante has intensified, with sightings reported in various areas. Authorities have expanded the search perimeter to cover between eight to ten square miles. There was a potential sighting of Cavalcante on September 7th, which is currently under investigation. Additionally, surveillance footage captured him walking in a wooded area on September 4th, where it appeared he had acquired a backpack and a hooded sweatshirt.
As the manhunt continues, residents have been advised to remain indoors, secure their vehicles, review surveillance footage, and promptly report anything suspicious to the police. The urgency of the situation is underscored by Cavalcante’s dangerous history and his recent escape from custody.
In this tragic saga, Deborah Brandao’s memory serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of domestic violence. Her life was cut short in April 2021, leaving behind her two young children. Prosecutors revealed a pattern of abuse inflicted by Cavalcante on Brandao, highlighting the urgency for societal efforts to combat such atrocities and protect vulnerable individuals from harm.