Spoiler alert: It involved “The Little Rascals.”
The 34-year-old fugitive was arrested Wednesday morning after a two-week manhunt. He was found in a wooded area about 30 miles from the Chester County Prison where he’d been housed.
A few hours after the arrest, Lt. Col. George Bivens held a press conference to explain how Cavalcante was taken into custody without any shots fired.
However, one unidentified reporter had a theory about how Cavalcante managed to elude capture for two weeks ― and it called upon a famous scene in the 1994 “Little Rascals” movie.
The reporter’s question seemed to be based on the fact that Cavalcante is relatively short. But it was still a stretch.
“Was there any concern he would team up with another small man to step inside of a trench coat, ′Little Rascals’-style?” the reporter asked.
Bivens nipped that theory in the bud with a quick “No!”
And, yes, we know: Pictures or it didn’t happen.
OMG this question at the #DaneloCavalcante press conference. 🤣
REPORTER: Was there any concern he would team up with another small man to step inside of a trench coat, 'Little Rascals'-style?"
PSP Lt. Col. George Bivens: "No." pic.twitter.com/GWcWD16b2M
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 13, 2023
Just to be clear what the reporter was referring to, here’s a clip from the 1994 film where some of the gang wear trenchcoats and fake beards to convince people they’re adults.
While it’s doubtful the reporter will win a Pulitzer for the hard-hitting inquiry, he did get his flowers from users of X, formerly known as Twitter.
I don’t think I have convulsed laughing so hard at something this entire century. Who was this reporter? I want to thank him personally. https://t.co/wyEMRk4cur
— Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) September 13, 2023
Shout out to the reporter at the press conference who asked if he was concerned if Danelo Cavalcante would escape in a trench coat Little Rascals style… pic.twitter.com/FqBYVJmw3C
— Lana Del Taco (@phlfrdm) September 13, 2023
After the exchange went viral, a podcaster named Michael Rainey claimed to be the man who asked the question that he said “needed to be asked.”
He also said officials politely asked him to leave afterward.
I had to attend the Danelo Cavalcante press conference because I knew no one else would ask the questions that needed to be asked. Also, they were very polite in asking me to leave. https://t.co/LjVi5DEELg
— Michael Rainey (@mikerainey82) September 13, 2023