Escaped Murderer Danelo Cavalcante Captured

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    The Facts

    • The fugitive murderer Danelo Cavalcante was caught alive on Wednesday morning in a densely wooded area of South Coventry Township, Chester County, after eluding hundreds of law enforcement officers for 13 days.

    • This comes after authorities tracked him down using thermal heat technology from a US Drug Enforcement Administration aircraft.


    The Spin

    Narrative A

    While this vicious murderer has finally been caught, Chester County has consistently failed to prevent inmates from escaping from the county prison. There's a clear issue with Chester County prison, and local authorities must improve their ability to stop prison escapes and keep their community safe.

    Narrative B

    The manhunt for Cavalcante has revealed a wider problem that goes far beyond Chester County, Pennsylvania. The US needs to take a serious look at its immigration and criminal justice process regarding how an illegal alien who was convicted of murder in his own country could end up in this situation. There are wider systemic issues here.


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