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Manhunt underway for first prisoner since 2000 to escape California’s notorious San Quentin prison

Massive manhunt is underway for the first prisoner to escape California’s notorious San Quentin prison in 18 years

  • Shalom Mendoza, 21, was first reported missing on Wednesday at approximately 9.35pm during a routine headcount 
  • A motorist who was driving a Toyota Rav4 with a California license plate 6STZ502 may have been carjacked by the man at the time of the escape 
  • Mendoza arrived at the state prison on December 20, 2017, to serve a five-year sentence 
  • He is described as being five-feet-five inches tall and 177 pounds
  • The last time someone attempted to break out of the infamous prison was in 2000 when Paul Tuilaepa, Tiequon Cox and Noel Jackson rushed guards 

Shalom Mendoza, 21, was first reported missing on Wednesday at approximately 9.35pm during a routine headcount

A massive manhunt is underway for the first prisoner to escape the notorious San Quentin prison in 18 years.

Shalom Mendoza, 21, was first reported missing on Wednesday at approximately 9.35pm during a routine headcount.  

Lt. Samuel Robinson, with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said that the prison activated its emergency operations and escape plan to try to find Mendoza.

It was during that time that investigators learned that a nearby motorist had been carjacked at the time of the escape.

A motorist who was driving a Toyota Rav4 with a California license plate 6STZ502 may have been carjacked by the man. 

A positive identification is still being confirmed for the suspect involved in the carjacking, said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations Press Secretary Vicky Waters.

Mendoza arrived at the state prison on December 20, 2017, to serve a five-year sentence

Mendoza arrived at the state prison on December 20, 2017, to serve a five-year sentence

Mendoza arrived at the state prison on December 20, 2017, to serve a five-year sentence for use of a deadly weapon during a carjacking or attempted carjacking and evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly, reports Patch.com. 

He was convicted in Los Angeles County.   

Mendoza is described as being five-feet-five inches tall and 177 pounds. He has short brown hair and brown eyes. 

The last time someone attempted to break out of the infamous prison was in 2000 when Paul Tuilaepa, Tiequon Cox and Noel Jackson rushed guards in an effort to break free. 

They were ultimately detained, according to SF Gate. 

 

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