When A Killer Is On The Loose

Real Estate Agent with Premier Property Sales & Rentals RS284559

For the last two weeks the headlines on our local Philadelphia radio and TV stations have been about Danilo Cavalcante, the escaped murderer from a nearby Chester County prison. From what I’ve heard, people have been captivated by this around the country and the world.

Delaware County borders Chester County PA where all of this unfolded.

Yoda We first found out about it when we heard that Longwood Gardens was closed and we happened to be talking to friends who live in the retirement community, Kendal, that borders Longwood. Our friends received text alerts to Shelter in Place once it was known he had escaped.

I did not know there was a prison north of Longwood and Kendal.  There is a lot of open land with trees around there. Longwood was a prime place to hide out.

Once Cavalcante found a milk truck just north of Longwood with keys in the ignition, he headed to the northern part of Chester County, to be closer to where he knew people. This new location put him in an area where my niece and her family live. Their school district was closed, they were told to shelter in place as best they could, and I'm sure their stress levels escalated.

Good news finally happened yesterday morning when he was captured.
A few things I heard during the live news briefing I watched yesterday morning:
-Weather played a factor in two ways: the heat wave during the past two weeks hindered the use of the heat detecting devices and once they did get a reading on him the night before his capture, a severe thunderstorm delayed things.
-Yoda, the trained dog used in the capture, was held close until they were pretty sure where Cavalcante might be located. Once Yoda found Cavalcante he got on top of his back since he was he was crawling in the underbrush, thus the head wound. Luckily the rifle he had stolen was out of reach.

Like many others, we struggled with how long this capture was taking. Many of us probably have been conditioned by the many detective shows on TV that show fast captures with all the technology available these days. Yet in real life things do not go according to a script.

The men/women in blue did their very best during this ordeal to get this dangerous person off the streets. The public and police also worked well together during these two week, which was a good thing.

(The attached photo is from Facebook)


Comments (19)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gloria, this WAS scary, and was on our local news also.   Was so happy everyone can now sleep well at night knowing he was captured!

Sep 14, 2023 01:34 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

We've been following this story Gloria and praying that no other people would be harmed or killed by this man.  Thank God they caught him and I hope he never gets out again.  We did hear a few accounts from surrounding people and OMG it's hard to imagine how that would totally shift ones world upside down. I'd probably want to get so far away from there, especially if I had kids at home.

Sep 14, 2023 01:46 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is great to hear that they caught up with the bad guy and that you will no longer have to worry about him.  It must have been stressful!

Sep 14, 2023 03:33 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Gloria TodorIt was a lengthy and challenging experience, and my cousin's residence was situated nearby. The authorities had erected barricades and shut down schools, causing upheaval in the lives of everyone involved. However, the collaborative efforts of law enforcement and government agencies were truly commendable. I deeply appreciate our new governor, Shapiro, who consistently provides assistance during times of crisis.

Sep 14, 2023 03:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Gloria- I kept up with the story and yes...very glad that he has been caught!  Thanks to all of law enforcement and a special thank you to Yoda. 

Sep 14, 2023 04:52 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Joan Cox it is very good he was finally caught!

Ray Henson Hopefully the prison will take steps to make things more secure!!

Hannah Williams sorry to hear your cousin was impacted by this also. Yes it was joint effort and yes Shapiro is hands on all the way, which is wonderful!

Kathy Streib Yes thanks to all involved and to know Yoda stopped him!

Sep 14, 2023 05:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gloria Todor  we have been following this story and quite frankly I was thrilled to see that in your part of the world the police actually try to get scum like this off the road... here in California the police look the other way because the DA's do not care about the safety of the public, Endre

Sep 14, 2023 10:29 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 15, 2023 02:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gloria - the disruption as well as the distress created by this situation could have been much more disastrous.  I was glad to learn it was over.  

Sep 15, 2023 05:22 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Endre Barath, Jr. since he was an escaped felon they were all in.  Maybe a similar response to an escaped felon would play out in your area also.

Thank you Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944 

Michael Jacobs yes he could have held people hostage or killed people.


Sep 15, 2023 06:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Gloria,

I watched on the news this capture unfold. I was so glad to see the police captured him and how hard they worked to make sure they got this extremely dangerous person off the streets.

Sep 15, 2023 10:02 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Dorie Dillard Austin TX yes good they got him off the streets before someone got hurt or killed.

Sep 15, 2023 11:05 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Yikes, Gloria! This would definitely put everyone on high alert and scare the bejeezus out of most folks! Glad he was caught before anyone else was harmed.

Sep 15, 2023 04:06 PM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

Despite growing up in a nice neighborhood, I had this happen twice when I was growing up - helicopters, an army of police, etc. In the end- it always seems to be the police dogs that are responsible for the capture. Love it. 

Sep 15, 2023 10:59 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! So glad it is over for sure!

Adam Feinberg Wow, twice.  Can happen anywhere!  Yes the dogs can outrun and put the fear into anyone!

Sep 16, 2023 02:27 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I am sure glad that Danilo Cavalcante is now in custody. His escapade will surely add a few more years to his time behind bars and weigh against him years from now when he tries to get his sentence reduced.

Sep 18, 2023 07:18 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

For sure John Juarez . Hopefully he will never be outside of prison ever again.


Sep 19, 2023 12:04 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It was big news and must have been very unnerving for those in the area.  Glad he was caught!

Sep 19, 2023 08:48 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 Gosh you heard it all the way out your way!  Yes so good he got caught!  Hope all is well with you!

Sep 20, 2023 01:37 PM