Manhunt underway for inmate who escaped from San Quentin State Prison

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SAN QUENTIN (KRON) – Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate who “walked away” from San Quentin State Prison Wednesday night. 

According to prison officials, inmate Shalom Mendoza was last seen in the out grounds support facility and was reported missing during an institutional count around 9:30 p.m. 

Authorities say Mendoza is believed to have carjacked a victim at the Home Depot parking lot on Shoreline Parkway in San Rafael. 

They are searching for a Toyota RAV4 with California license plate 6STZ502.

The prison has activated its “Emergency Operations, Escape Pursuit Plan” in an effort to locate Mendoza. 

Mendoza is described as a 24-year-old Hispanic man with short brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5’5″ and weighs 177 pounds. 

Mendoza was incarcerated from Los Angeles County and arrived at San Quentin in April 2018.

He is serving a 5-year sentence for Use of a Deadly Weapon During Carjack/ Attempt Carjack and Evading or Attempting to Evade a Peace Officer while Driving Recklessly. 

Anyone with information on Mendoza’s whereabouts is asked to call Lt. Samuel Robinson at 415-455-5000 or local authorities. 

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