A prison guard warned Danilo Cavalcanti of his escape plan weeks before the prison break
A new report reveals that a guard at the Pennsylvania prison from which prisoner Danilo Cavalcanti escaped warned of his plans to escape weeks before he succeeded.
Cavalcanti, who was He is serving a life sentence He was released from Chester County Jail on August 31, leading to a two-week manhunt until his arrest on September 13.
ABC News this week obtained internal prison documents that revealed a correctional officer had raised concerns about Cavalcanti’s escape plans.
“I’m only sending this because I don’t want this to get back to us or… [Officer] Hernandez anyway,” Chester County Jail Sergeant Jerry Beavers wrote in an email to Capt. Harry Griswold a few hours after Cavalcanti’s escape.
He added: “Last July, he indicated that this prisoner was planning to escape,” referring to the officer who filed the report.
Mr. Griswold sent the email to newly appointed acting prison director Howard Holland a few hours later.
“It was sent to me this afternoon and I have not sent it to anyone else,” Mr. Griswold wrote. “I’m not sure how you want to proceed with this information internally.”
One official said the prison had acknowledged the possible escape from Cavalcante prison long before the July warning The Independent. In fact, the issue had been raised even before his arrival two years ago.
“Danilo Cavalcanti was initially identified as a flight risk when he was arrested in Virginia and lodged in the Chester County Jail in 2021,” prison spokeswoman Becky Breen said.
“During the period surrounding his trial, unconfirmed information was received from an unknown source strengthening Cavalcanti’s status as a flight risk.”
Ms Breen also said emails between prison staff were intended to “ensure that acting warden Holland was aware that information relating to the escape had been noted in advance”.
Despite two warnings about Cavalcanti being a flight risk, he was still able to escape undetected and race across the county, resulting in weeks of police time trying to locate the fugitive.
He reportedly used a similar technique to the prisoner who escaped in May, placing his hands and feet on opposite walls and climbing to the top.
He then dashed through barbed wire and moved across various rooftops before finally escaping from the prison complex.
Before the convicted killer escaped, he was allowed in the prison yard to spend leisure time with fellow inmates and was not under the direct supervision of a correctional officer, ABC reported..
In accordance with the facility’s escape risk protocols, individual supervision only applies to escape risks when not on prison grounds.
However, Ms Breen said the “flight risk policy” had since been changed under acting Mr Holland.
Mr. Holland announced last month that the Chester County Jail would spend about $2.5 million and $3.5 million to beef up security around the jail following Cavalcanti’s highly publicized escape.
This will include 75 new CCTV cameras, more staff, enclosing the prison yard, as well as introducing different colored clothing to inmates for better identification and individual monitoring by corrections officers.
The possibility of two correctional officers for one inmate when they are outside their cell is also a possibility, according to Ms. Breen.
Cavalcanti is being held in a state prison near Montgomery County and will return to court to face charges related to his escape next month.