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A timeline of the escape and manhunt for convicted Pennsylvania killer Danilo Cavalcante


A timeline of the escape and manhunt for convicted Pennsylvania killer Danilo Cavalcante

The manhunt for a convicted murderer who escaped from a Pennsylvania jail outside Philadelphia has come to an end after nearly two weeks, with authorities confirming Wednesday morning that Danilo Cavalcante was in custody.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers were searching for Cavalcante, 34, who escaped August 31 from Chester County Prison, where he was held after his conviction last month in the 2021 killing of his former girlfriend, Deborah Brandão.

But it was two tactical teams - one from the Pennsylvania State Police, another from US Border Patrol - who moved in on Cavalcante Wednesday morning and deployed a police dog that subdued the fugitive before he was taken into custody, according to Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police, who led the search.

Authorities, who previously had spelled Cavalcante's first name in documents as Danelo, changed it to Danilo in court filings on Wednesday.

Here's a timeline of his escape and the manhunt.

On August 16, about two weeks before he absconded, a jury convicted Cavalcante of first-degree murder in Brandão's killing - a crime that in Pennsylvania carries a mandatory life sentence without parole, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office.

The two were neighbors and dated for about a year and a half, the victim's sister, Sarah Brandão, told CNN. He was kind at first to Brandão and her children, Sarah said, but that changed over time. Sarah said her sister told her he was "extremely jealous" and "became a different person" when he drank.

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