(WNY News Now) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry revealed a slew of fresh charges against Danelo Cavalcante, the Chester County Prison escapee, pertaining to his actions during the two weeks he evaded authorities after fleeing on August 31. The charges, filed by the Pennsylvania State Police, involve alleged thefts for disguise, acquisition of a getaway vehicle, and possession of a rifle with ammunition. The prosecution will be handled by the Office of the Attorney General.
Harrisburg, PA – Attorney General Michelle Henry has unveiled a series of new charges against Danelo Cavalcante, the 34-year-old Chester County Prison inmate who successfully escaped on August 31. The charges, brought forth by the Pennsylvania State Police, are focused on Cavalcante’s activities during the subsequent two weeks while he was on the run. The Office of the Attorney General has assumed responsibility for prosecuting the case.
Investigative findings indicate that Cavalcante meticulously orchestrated his escape, stealing items crucial for altering his appearance, securing a getaway vehicle, and acquiring a rifle with ammunition. The charges highlight allegations of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, and possession of a firearm.
Prior to his escape, Cavalcante was serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend. The new charges detail his alleged burglary of two residences in Pennsbury and South Coventry townships, during which he reportedly stole a firearm, clothing, and a shaving razor. Additionally, Cavalcante stands accused of pilfering a Ford Transit van from a location in Pocopson Township.
Attorney General Henry, addressing the press, emphasized the seriousness of the situation, stating, “The defendant used all means necessary to escape from prison and stay hidden from authorities. These offenses aided his efforts and elevated his threat to the public.” She continued, “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 those accountable who jeopardize the public’s well-being.”
On Monday, a total of 20 charges were filed against Cavalcante, encompassing felony counts of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, and possession of a firearm. The accused is slated to be arraigned on the new charges this Friday, marking the latest chapter in a legal saga that began with a daring prison escape.