Authorities in Pennsylvania are in hot pursuit of Danelo Cavalcante, an escaped prisoner who has resurfaced in the state. Cavalcante, who managed a daring escape from the Chester State Prison on August 31, 2023, has changed his appearance in an attempt to evade capture and has sought support from former colleagues.
Sightings of Cavalcante have been reported in the northern Chester County area near Phoenixville. He visited the homes of two former work colleagues, but both were fortunately not at home during his visits.
The spotlight has now turned to Eleni Cavalcante, the sister of the notorious escaped convict. Questions are swirling regarding her potential role in her brother’s escape and her subsequent arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
The Cavalcante siblings’ connection is rooted in their familial ties, but it extends beyond blood relations to alleged assistance and support during Danelo’s escape from Chester State Prison.
Danelo Cavalcante’s escape from prison captured the nation’s attention due to its audacious nature. Along with a group of prisoners, he executed a daring prison break from the medium-security facility. Acting Warden Howard Holland described the escape in vivid detail, explaining how Cavalcante managed to elude a vigilant prison officer in the watchtower by “crab walking” up a wall.
Cavalcante’s escape took on a cinematic quality as he raced across rooftops, scaled a fence, and broke through razor wire, ultimately making a clean getaway.
While the escape itself left authorities astounded, the arrest of Eleni Cavalcante by ICE agents has sparked speculation about her potential involvement in her brother’s evasion of the law. Although the exact nature of her role remains uncertain, her arrest suggests a possible connection to her brother’s actions.
Danelo Cavalcante’s family background is marred by tragic events and criminal activities. Originally from Brazil, he was linked to a murder in his home country in November 2017, where he allegedly shot and killed a man before fleeing Brazil. He stole the victim’s phone and entered the United States via Puerto Rico.
In the U.S., Cavalcante settled in southeastern Pennsylvania, where he became involved with Deborah Brandao, another Brazilian national. Their relationship took a disturbing turn, leading Brandao to file a protection from abuse order against him in December 2020 due to his aggressive behavior.
This tragic family history culminated in Cavalcante’s conviction for first-degree murder and a life sentence without parole in August 2023. His daring escape from Chester County Prison in August added another layer of drama to his family’s troubled past.