HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Michele Henry has announced new charges against Danelo Cavalcante, who escaped from Chester Country Prison in August.
Cavalcante was serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend when his escape was caught on camera climbing a prison wall like a dog sled.
On Monday, Nov. 13, Cavalcante was charged with 20 felony counts, including burglary, trespassing, theft and possession of a firearm.
Cavalcante allegedly broke into two homes and stole a firearm, clothing and a razor. He is also accused of stealing a Ford van from a location in Pocopson Township.
“The defendant used any means necessary to escape from prison and hide from the authorities. These offenses furthered his efforts and increased his threat to the public,” said Attorney General Henry. “Thanks to the diligent efforts of law enforcement, Cavalcante is in custody and will be prosecuted for all of his crimes. My office is committed to keeping Pennsylvanians safe and holding accountable those who endanger the public’s well-being.”
“The new charges against Cavalcante demonstrate the lengths he went to to evade law enforcement,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, assistant commissioner of operations for the Pennsylvania State Police. “We appreciate the work of the Attorney General’s Office in prosecuting the case and remain grateful to the residents of Chester County for their assistance in the search and to our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their assistance.”
Cavalcante is expected to be arraigned on the new charges on Friday.