Authorities are searching for an inmate suspected of carjacking someone after he escaped from San Quentin State Prison late Wednesday.
Officials discovered 21-year-old Shalom Mendoza was missing during an inmate count about 9:35 p.m. Staff searched the prison and the surrounding area but could not find him. Authorities said Mendoza carjacked someone near the prison and fled in a Toyota Rav4 with license plate number 6STZ502.
Mendoza began serving a five-year sentence in December 2017 for use of a deadly weapon during a carjacking/attempted carjacking and evading or attempting to evade a police officer while driving recklessly in Los Angeles County, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Mendoza is described as 5-foot-5, 177 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who sees him should call 911, authorities said.