San Quentin inmate escapes, prompts manhunt, authorities say

Shalom Mendoza was discovered missing after a head count around 9:35 am, jail officials said. (San Quentin State Prison)

A manhunt was underway in Northern California early Thursday after an inmate at San Quentin State Prison allegedly walked into the garden late Wednesday night, according to prison officials.

The prisoner remained at large and have committed a carjacking in the neighborhood, in an attempt to get away, the Bay Area, KNTV-TV reported, citing prison officials.

The escaped prisoner, who, as Shalom Mendoza in the report, was discovered missing during an official head count at approximately 9:35 pm


San Quentin, then start with their actions in Emergency situations Escape the Exercise Plan looking for the escaped prisoner, the report said. Officials described Mendoza as a 24-year-old Spanish man, 5’5″ and a weight of 177 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Mendoza was serving a five year prison sentence for the use of a deadly weapon during a carjacking and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly. He was sent to San Quentin in April.

The authorities ask that anyone with information on Mendoza to call Lt. Samuel Robinson at (415) 455-5000 or 911.

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