The saga of Danelo Cavalcante reads like the plot of a gripping TV show.
After a daring prison escape in Pennsylvania, US, he managed to elude authorities for nearly two weeks, surviving on stolen watermelon and meticulously concealing his waste to avoid being tracked.
During the search for him in the dense Pennsylvania woods, officers came dangerously close to him three times, with the convicted killer being completely candid about his actions after his arrest.
During his escape, he broke into homes for food, altered his appearance, and acquired a van and rifle. Cavalcante also buried his waste to avoid detection, and officers nearly discovered him three times.
He survived by pilfering watermelons, drinking from a stream, and hiding in bushes, primarily at night, to leave no traces.
As authorities closed in on him, Cavalcante, armed with a rifle, began crawling through thick underbrush.
To aid in the pursuit, they released Yoda, a member of the US Border Patrol's tactical unit.
Yoda subdued Cavalcante with a bite, allowing authorities to handcuff him.
Pennsylvania State Police Lt Col George Bivens emphasized the crucial role of K-9s in safely capturing individuals, thereby reducing the need for lethal force.