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Danelo Cavalcante: Convicted murderer who escaped prison by ‘crab-walking’ up wall is caught by police | US News


A convicted murderer who broke out of prison by “crab-walking” over the walls has been caught after a nearly two week-long manhunt.

Danelo Cavalcante broke out of Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania on 31 August, with CCTV showing him stretching himself between a pair of parallel walls.

The 34-year-old then made it undetected past a guard in a rooftop watchtower to make his escape.

Hundreds of state and local police along with federal agents were involved in the search for Cavalcante.

On Wednesday, a law enforcement source told NBC News that the convicted killer had been caught.

“Chester County all stations radio room, Chester County government and various other agencies working on the prisoner escape.

“I’m proud to announce the subject is in custody. Repeating, subject is in custody,” a Chester County official said.

His capture comes a day after police set up a fortified perimeter following sightings of Cavalcante on Monday evening.

Cavalcante was shot at by a homeowner who found him in his garage stealing a rifle, US authorities said.

An 18-year veteran guard who missed spotting Cavalcante’s escape has since been fired, a county spokesperson said.

The guard, who has not been identified, had a cellphone in the tower, a violation of Chester County Prison policy, according to the county representative.

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