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San Quentin State Prison inmate escapes, suspected in carjacking

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Posted at 8:22 AM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 11:28:43-05

(KGTV) - Prison officials are asking for the public’s help in finding an inmate who escaped from San Quentin State Prison in Northern California.

State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said Shalom Mendoza escaped from the facility shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. After his disappearance was reported, a search of the nearby area was launched and local authorities were notified.

CDCR officials said they believe Mendoza carjacked someone in an area near the prison and drove off in a Toyota RAV4 with California license plate 6STZ502.

The 21-year-old Mendoza is Hispanic, has short brown hair, brown eyes, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 177 pounds.

According to officials, he was sent to San Quentin from Los Angeles County on Dec. 20, 2017, to serve a five-year sentence for use of deadly weapon during a carjacking/attempted carjacking and evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly.

Anyone who spots Mendoza is urged to call law enforcement or 911. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Lt. Samuel Robinson at 415-455-5000.