San Quentin State Prisoner Escapes, Gets Away in Suspected Carjacking

(Shalom Mendoza: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

A statewide manhunt is underway for an inmate who escaped from San Quentin State Prison Wednesday night.

California authorities say Shalom Mendoza, 21, was first reported missing around 9:35 p.m. during an inmate headcount. Prison officials conducted a search of the grounds following the headcount but still did not find Mendoza.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Mendoza is serving a five-year sentence for use of a deadly weapon during a “carjacking/attempted carjacking” and “evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly.” 

Mendoza was convicted in Los Angeles County and booked into state prison on Dec. 20, 2017. He is 5-foot-5 and weighs 177 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes, officials said. 

Authorities said he might have carjacked the driver of a Toyota Rav4 who was near the prison grounds. The vehicle’s license plate number is 6STZ502.

Inmate Escapes San Quentin, Prompting Manhunt, Authorities Say
Inmate Escapes San Quentin, Prompting Manhunt, Authorities Say
The escaped inmate, identified as Shalom Mendoza, was discovered missing during an official head count last night.

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