EAST NANTMEAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Police are saying Danelo Cavalcante, the guy who broke out of jail, has a swiped rifle and was last seen around South Coventry Township, Chester County. It’s been 13 days, and they’re still hunting for him.
People living nearby are super nervous, especially after what happened Monday night. A lot of them are staying put in their houses because they know this escaped guy is a real deal bad guy.
Jim Varnes and his wife knew the situation was serious. They made sure everything was locked up tight, but what went down Monday night was a shocker.
“We had a very interesting night. It was very sleepless,” Jim said.
Things seemed normal at first. Jim’s wife had just come back with groceries, and they were settling down.
“We got our groceries in and then we locked everything up,” Varnes said. “And we’re just sitting here watching Match TV.”
But even though they knew about Cavalcante being around, they never imagined they’d be part of this drama. Until they spotted cop lights outside their place.
“Maybe five or 10 minutes later, they were all here,” he said. “And we’re like ‘What the heck’s going on?'”
Jim mentioned that someone saw a guy hiding in a field across from their house and rang the cops. And get this: Jim’s lawn-mowing boots? Gone from their back porch.
“They would be right down there where the chair was right there,” he pointed out.
Cops think Cavalcante might’ve snatched the boots right from Varnes’ home, and get this, just about 20 feet from where they were chilling and watching TV! Jim said the police even found shoes on their property that they think belong to Cavalcante. Since all this went down, Jim’s mostly been at home, except when he heads out to see his in-laws nearby. And there are cops everywhere.
“We got a beautiful view here,” he said. “It’s very, very, very nice.”
Jim says it’s kinda freaky to think that a bad dude with a gun might be lurking nearby. But he trusts the cops to handle it. He just hopes it’s all over soon.
“We’re just trying to live our lives normal, get back to normal in this quiet little community we live in,” he said, talking about their peaceful little neighborhood.
Fairview Road opened up again on Tuesday evening. There were loads of police near Ludwig’s Corner Fire Company.
Everyone’s saying Cavalcante’s got a rifle and he’s bad news.
If you spot him, don’t try to be a hero. Just call 911.