United States: a murderer caught after two weeks on the run

This is the end of a manhunt that has kept the United States in suspense for almost two weeks. A man convicted of murdering girlfriend in the United States after a first murder in Brazil has been arrested north of Philadelphia.

In Pennsylvania, the images of the arrest of the escaped Danelo Cavalcante this Wednesday, September 13, 2023. AFP - HANDOUT

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With our correspondent in Washington, Guillaume Naudin

Thirteen days after his escape from the Chester County Jail in Pennsylvania, Danelo Cavalcante, 34, was finally arrested on Wednesday morning. It was a plane equipped with infrared cameras that spotted him before he was surrounded by the police and subdued by a police dog while trying once again to flee.

And that's the end of a nightmare for residents of the area. For two days, they had been confined to their homes. The fugitive, described as extremely dangerous, was equipped with a weapon stolen from the garage of a private individual who had shot him several times without touching him.

His escape began on August 31, a few days after he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend. She had discovered that he had killed a man in Brazil and threatened to denounce him.

Footage of his escape, filmed by a CCTV camera, shows him climbing crab between two walls. His presence on other CCTV footage near the prison had led authorities to close schools for two days.

Cavalcante was able to escape the hunt for the first time by stealing a van to seek help from former co-workers a few kilometers further north, in the area in which he was finally arrested. There were no casualties on the run except for the prison guard, who lost his job for not seeing him escape.

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