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Escaped fugitive Danelo Cavalcante caught after two-week manhunt


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Convicted killer and escaped convict Danelo Cavalcante has been nabbed by authorities following a two-week-long manhunt.

Cavalcante – who escaped from Chester County Prison on Aug. 31 – was arrested without incident and escorted into a van by a SWAT team shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In the video, officers could be seen cutting off the double-murderer’s clothing, presumably to search for hidden weapons.

The investigators took pictures of his tattoos once his shirt was off, to confirm his identity, news station KYW-TV reported.

At the time of his arrest, Cavalcante was still in possession of a .22 rifle he stole from a homeowner’s garage Monday night, officials said.

Cavalcante was captured shortly after police established a new search perimeter near South Coventry Township, where he was spotted Monday night, said CNN, which first reported news of the escapee’s arrest.

He escaped from the prison by wandering to a secluded area of the yard — scaling a wall and climbing over razor wire before jumping from a roof to elude guards.

The manhunt nearly reached its boiling point Monday night into Tuesday morning after a homeowner reported firing seven shots at someone matching Cavalcante’s description, breaking into his home in East Nantmeal Township.

The man fitting the fugitive’s profile allegedly stole a .22 rifle before fleeing from the scene.

Investigators descended on the location of the confirmed sighting and found shoes they believe may belong to Cavalcante, according to the local report.

SWAT officers in armored trucks with hundreds of police officers on Tuesday searched the neighborhood after a helicopter caught a glimpse of the dangerous escapee in South Coventry Township.

Investigators descended on the location of the confirmed sighting and found shoes they believe may belong to Cavalcante, according to the local report.

Two state police Helicopters were hovering around the French Creek Elementary school area for most of the morning — near where the homeowner reported firing at the escaped murderer.

State police were authorized to use lethal force if he did not surrender after it was believed the violent felon was armed.

A reverse 911 call was put out for residents of South Coventry, West Vincent, and East Nantmeal townships by the Pennsylvania State Police — advising locals to lock their doors and windows, secure their vehicles, and remain indoors in the emergency alert.

An unidentified 18-year-veteran correctional officer on duty at the observation tower when Cavalcante escaped was fired on Thursday, a Chester County spokesperson confirmed to The Post.

His daring escape was caught on prison security cameras and showed the pint-size killer crab walking up the walls.

More than 400 law enforcement officers had been assisting in the massive search for the 34-year-old killer described as “extremely dangerous.”

Just before 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, police shared new images of Cavalcante captured on a Ring camera in East Pikeland Township, Pennsylvania, showing a man believed to be the escaped murderer sporting a clean-cut look, in favor of the scruffy beard and mustache he donned behind bars.

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