San Rafael Police Department

Authorities Search For Escaped Inmate Who Allegedly Committed Carjacking

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 28, 2018 - 9:29 am

The manhunt continues on Friday for an inmate who escaped from San Quentin prison in Marin County earlier this week.

Police in San Rafael believe that Shalom Mendoza also committed a carjacking in a Home Depot parking lot near the prison on Wednesday night. 

The driver who was carjacked told TV station ABC7 that she recognized Mendoza as the man who threatened to kill her if she didn't give him the keys to her Toyota RAV4.

Mendoza, 21, had been sentenced to five years for using a deadly weapon during a carjacking in Los Angeles County.

Officials in the prison discovered that Mendoza was missing at 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday, about 20 minutes after San Rafael police responded to the call about the carjacking.

It's unclear how Mendoza escaped from the state's oldest correctional institution, but prison officials said that he "walked away" from San Quentin. 

Escaped San Quentin inmate Shalom Mendoza
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Mendoza stands about five-feet-five, weighs 170 pounds and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and khaki or light yellow pants, according to San Rafael police. 

Witnesses are asked to call 911 if they see Mendoza or a Toyota RAV4 with California license plate 6STZ502.