Pennsylvania resident revisits harrowing moment escaped murderer broke into home: ‘Like living in a movie’
Chester County, Pennsylvania resident Ryan Drummond said 34-year-old escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante’s arraignment will bring his family “much-needed relief” after a close run-in with the convicted killer in his home.
“I heard a noise. I looked for something to defend myself. The only thing I could grab was a picture frame of my wife and kids, which didn’t seem like the best plan,” Drummond told Fox News on Wednesday, describing how Cavalcante entered his home Friday night.
“I flicked the lights on and off, and then he flicked the lights back. And that was the moment where my wife was already on with 911, but I was like, ‘He’s downstairs. Call 911 right now.’ So it was a scary moment.”
Drummond said the break-in was a “sustenance run” for Cavalcante, who grabbed a peach, an apple, and more before fleeing again. The only way the family knew he had taken anything, he said, was when they noticed the produce they purchased from the farmer’s market earlier that day had gone missing.
“Then he walked out and, after he flicked the light switch back, I wasn’t sure if he was going to be coming upstairs or not,” he continued.
“That was the main thing I needed him to know – I know you’re downstairs… for whatever it was, that’s how it went down, and I’m happy that my family is safe.”
Drummond’s house is a few miles from the Chester County Prison that Cavalcante escaped from last Thursday, but he estimates police took him into custody Wednesday at a location approximately 30-40 minutes from his house.
Before being taken into custody, Cavalcante was also spotted at Drummond’s neighbor’s house.
“This, to me, felt like we were living in a movie,” he said of the days-long terror. “After it happened, there was still SWAT presence, and we believe that they had him pinned down, basically kind of in our common backyard. There’s a wooded area, so it wasn’t like the one moment and then it was over. There was that continual presence where you see the SWAT team coming through the backyard. That was my backyard. That was their interface.”
Police announced Wednesday morning that Cavalcante had been captured after eluding authorities for nearly two weeks.
A law enforcement source told Fox News he was captured near the home where he stole a .22-caliber rifle with a mounted scope and flashlight from a garage on Monday.
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Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.