Cavalcante, a 34-year-old illegal immigrant from Brazil who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, has been a wanted fugitive after escaping from the Chester County Prison outside of Philidelphia in Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania more than one week ago.
Despite being found guilty of murder in 2021, Cavalcante was never deported out of the United States.
Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bevins confirmed that the fugitive's sister has been taken into custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a Sunday press briefing, according to The Messenger, although he did not specify if she was helping Cavalcante evade police.
"I'm not going to comment on what assistance he may or may not be receiving, but we take steps to try and minimize or eliminate that assistance and that's exactly what we've done up until this point," he said.
Newly released video footage shows Cavalcante scaling the walls of the prison while outdoors before making his escape on August 31.
Cavalcante "crab walked" up a wall and eluded the on-duty guard in the watch tower, according to Howard Holland, acting warden of Chester State Prison. He then escaped the prison by running across a roof, climbing a fence, and piercing razor wire.
Cavalcante was allegedly seen driving a stolen van on Saturday night over 25 miles north of the suburban Philadelphia prison, according to the Pennsylvania State Police, Forbes reports.
The van that Cavalcante had been driving before reportedly abandoning it was a 2020 White Ford Transit van bearing PA registration, ZST8818. The vehicle, which had a refrigeration unit on the top, was reported stolen by Baily’s Dairy, according to police.
Police believe Cavalcante abandoned the van in East Nantmeal Township, which is 14 miles to the west of Phoenixville because it ran out of gas.
State Police reported that he now has a clean-shaven appearance and is sporting the same attire as in the still images from the doorbell camera film that were made public on Saturday: a yellow or green hooded sweatshirt, a black baseball-style helmet, green prison pants, and white sneakers.
As 400 local, state, and federal officers continue to search for Cavalcante, the suspect was most recently spotted in Phoenixville, a small Chester County hamlet, on Saturday and twice on Friday.
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