KCBS' Tim Ryan

Escape at San Quentin

Carjacking Convict May Have Done it Again

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 27, 2018 - 6:36 am

SAN QUENTIN (KCBS Radio) -- A search was underway Thursday morning after a San Quentin Prison inmate escaped.

San Quentin officials identified the missing inmate as Shalom Mendoza, 21. He was serving a five-year sentence for use of a deadly weapon during a carjack,/attempted carjacking and evading or attempting to evade a police officer while driving recklessly.

San Quentin authorities said Mendoza may have relied on a carjacking to further his escape.They said Mendoza is believed to have carjacked a victim not far from the prison. Authorities are looking for a Toyota Rav4, California license plate number 6STZ502.

The carjacking occurred in a Home Depot store parking lot about a mile from the prison at 9:15pm Wednesday.

Mendoza's escape was first noted when he turned up missing during a headcount at 9:35 pm Wednesday. Prison officials then initiated their Emergency Operations Escape Pursuit Plan, confirming he was gone.

Officials described Mendoza as a 24-year-old Hispanic male, 5’5” and weighing 177 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.

San Quentin is California's oldest prison and houses more than 4,000 inmates.