Escaped inmate Danilo Cavalcante is captured by law enforcement on Wednesday, September 13.
First video of Danilo Cavalcante after being taken into police custody
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CNN  — 

The escape of convicted murderer Danilo Cavalcante and the nearly two-week manhunt leading to his capture thrust Pennsylvania authorities under a glaring spotlight.

From the manner in which Cavalcante crab-walked up prison walls to freedom to the tower guard who did not see or report his escape to his ability to elude capture despite numerous sightings and a search team of hundreds of officers, law enforcement officials had to repeatedly defend their efforts to find the fugitive.

The intense manhunt began on August 31, when Cavalcante broke out of the Chester County Prison.

While on the run the fugitive altered his appearance, slipped the search perimeter and stole a rifle from a garage as fear gripped surrounding communities.

On Wednesday morning, after eluding as many as 500 local, state and federal officers, Cavalcante was surrounded in a wooded area of South Coventry Township and taken down by a four-year-old police dog named Yoda.

Here’s what went right — and wrong — in the escape and manhunt for the 34-year-old fugitive:

Questions about a brazen daylight escape