Escaped Missouri inmate on the run since June captured in Chester County, Pa.

Mario Che-Tiul was captured in Avondale. He is being held at the same prison Danelo Cavalcante broke out of on August 31.

Friday, September 22, 2023
Escaped Missouri inmate captured in Chester County, Pa.
Escaped Missouri inmate Mario Che-Tiul was captured in Chester County on Thursday and is being held at the same prison Danelo Cavalcante broke out of on August 31.

AVONDALE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- An "armed and dangerous" inmate who escaped a jail in Missouri earlier this summer was arrested on Thursday in Avondale, Pennsylvania.

Mario Che-Tiul was arrested by US Marshals and taken to the Chester County Prison, the same facility Danelo Cavalcante broke out of on August 31.

Che-Tiul, who was being held on felony child molestation charges, broke out of the Barry County Jail on the evening of June 1.

According to Barry County Sheriff Danny Boyd, Che-Tiul pretended to be sick and lured two correctional officers into his cell.

That's when six other inmates ambushed the officers and choked them out before fleeing out the front door with the keys.

Six inmates were captured soon after the escape, but Che-Tiul eluded officers for months until his capture on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The U.S. Marshals Service received a tip that Che-Tiul was hiding out in an apartment on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"We went to that residence, we surrounded it and investigated all the apartments in that residence, and Che-Tiul was located and arrested without incident," said Robert Clark, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Philadelphia.

Che-Tiul will be held at the Chester County Prison until he's extradited back to Missouri.

It wasn't lost on Clark that this is the same area they spent weeks looking for Cavlacante in what's been a busy year.

"Our fugitive task force now in the past five months has arrested four escapees: two out of Philly, one out of Chester, and one out of Missouri. But this is why the US Marshals is funded by Congress. We have some of the best investigators in the country," said Clark.

Action News reached out to the Chester County Prison to see if any extra precautions were being taken, but we have not yet heard back.

The prison has made security improvements, including adding additional razor wire and military-grade mesh in areas that allowed Cavalcante to slip through during his dramatic escape.