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New video shows killer climbing prison walls to escape

New video shows killer climbing prison walls to escape

In recent surveillance video, an escaped killer can be seen stretching horizontally between two walls and onto the roof on his way to break out of a Pennsylvania prison.

Authorities confirmed that the watchtower was manned during the Aug. 31 escape, but prison officials were unaware that the inmate was missing for nearly an hour. The officer, who was stationed in the watchtower at the time of the escape, was placed on administrative leave, according to the acting district director.

Danelo Cavalcante, 34, who was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, was the subject of a manhunt that began its eighth day on Thursday.

Surveillance video released by prison officials on September 6 shows Cavalcante, who is five feet tall and weighs 110 pounds, climbing onto the roof between brick and cinder block walls at the Chester County Jail in Pocopson Township.

After scaling the wall, Cavalcante forced his way through the barbed wire and escaped, prison officials said.

Another inmate, Igor Bolte, also escaped from the same area of ​​the prison yard by scaling the walls on May 19, prison officials said. Officials said Bolte was caught immediately in the morning after he was found in a residential neighborhood in Pocopson Township.

After Bolte’s escape, advisers were brought in and the barbed wire and other security measures added, prison officials said.

“We just focused on the physical infrastructure and not necessarily the human factor,” acting director Howard Holland said at a news conference.

NBC News correspondent George Solis asked Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan at a Sept. 6 news conference why it had taken six days to update the public on how Cavalcante escaped.

“There was an investigation into the prison break going on at the same time and today was the day we felt we needed to bring in the Acting Warden to explain to the public how he escaped,” Ryan said.

A manhunt is underway for Cavalcante, which police reported earlier this week is believed to be hiding in a nearby wooded area. There have been at least five confirmed sightings of him, and two school districts in the area have canceled classes in the past two days while Cavalcante is still at large.

“Everyone is scared,” a local business owner told Solis TODAY. “We are very upset.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com


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