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Murderer on the run in Philadelphia after escaping from jail by doing 'crab-walk' up wall

Katherine Sidnell

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Murderer on the run in Philadelphia after escaping from jail by doing 'crab-walk' up wall

Featured Image Credit: Chester County Prison

A Philadelphia prisoner has escaped jail by ‘crab-walking’ up the walls.

Even more shockingly, footage has released Danelo Cavalcante's escape, showing the jailbird’s ambitious bid for freedom.

The manhunt for the convicted murderer has now entered its seventh day, with the 34-year-old yet to be found by authorities.

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Prior to his big breakout, Cavalcante had been incarcerated at Chester County Prison for killing her ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandao in front of her children.

It’s why authorities are so eager to find the former prisoner, with the security footage being shown at a press conference on Wednesday (September 6).

The shocking footage shows Cavalcante in a small passageway, looking around before bracing his hands and feet against the walls as he ‘crab-walked’ out of the camera’s view.

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Having climbed the walk of an exercise yard, the prisoner then scaled the roof before disappearing.

Despite the prison being fully staffed and a tower officer keeping watch over the area - Cavalcante's went unnoticed.

At a press conference, the acting warden of Chester County, Howard Holland, went on to explain the missing inmate was discovered during a headcount – more than an hour after his escape.

It was then that a siren sounded – at around 10am.

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Though authorities have yet to recapture Cavalcante, the inmate hasn't disappeared without a trace.

The prisoner escaped by crab-walking up the walls. Credit: Chester County District Attorney’s Office
The prisoner escaped by crab-walking up the walls. Credit: Chester County District Attorney’s Office

As authorities searched the surrounding area, the convicted killer has been spotted at least six times.

He was last sighted close to Chandler Road, in the Pennsbury Township on Tuesday night (September 5).

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The 34-year-old had also been spotted to close to Longwood Gardens, with surveillance cameras capturing his walking past late at night.

In light of this, police have been urging locals to lock up their homes and vehicles.

The public have also been warned not to approach Cavalcante, due to his previous violent crimes.

Two Philadelphia school districts and a botanical garden have also been closed, as the manhunt continues.

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers are now involved in the extensive search, with armed police being drafted in to help locate the convict.

However, the convicted killer has still managed to evade authorities.

Before his escape, Cavalcante was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Tragically, Deborah Brandão was stabbed to death in front of her two small children.

Cavalcante is also wanted for a 2017 murder in Brazil.

Topics: News, US News, Crime

Katherine Sidnell
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