Escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante was noticed twice on Friday throughout the Chester County search space, Pennsylvania state police mentioned, as officers seem to slender in on the fugitive by lowering the search zone.
Authorities mentioned these have been “visible sightings” within the zone round Longwood Gardens, a public esplanade within the county. They didn’t present additional particulars.
Cavalcante, who was sentenced final month to life in jail with out the potential for parole after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his former girlfriend, slipped out of the Chester County Jail in Pocopson Township on Aug. 31.
Surveillance video confirmed that he stretched himself throughout the brick and cinderblock partitions within the train yard and climbed to the roof. Inmate Igor Bolte had briefly escaped in a similar way in Might, prompting the jail to put in razor wire on the roof — which Cavalcante was capable of evade.
A jail guard who was on obligation when Cavalcante, 34, escaped has since been fired, a Chester County spokesperson mentioned Friday. The guard, who has not been recognized, violated jail coverage by having a cellular phone within the tower, the spokesperson mentioned.
Round 400 legislation enforcement officers from numerous companies have assisted within the search. A fringe of about 4 sq. miles was being searched Saturday, down from the roughly 10-mile perimeter they’d on Friday.
Officers have used heat-sensing expertise, K9 canines and helicopters as they combed by way of parts of Chester County. Lt. Col. George Bivens with the Pennsylvania State Police mentioned the search had been difficult by warmth and excessive humidity however officers “are as much as the duty.”
A reward of as much as $20,000 is being provided for suggestions that result in Cavalcante’s arrest.