Escaped San Quentin inmate found in Paso Robles

Posted at 1:58 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 19:06:55-05

PASO ROBLES, Calif. — An escaped San Quentin inmate as been found in Paso Robles.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), 21-year-old Shalom Mendoza was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. in Paso Robles. The CDCR says a civilian spotted Mendoza at a Taco Bell in Paso Robles and contacted authorities. Mendoza was taken into custody without incident.

Mendoza walked away from his work assignment outside of San Quentin State Prison on December 26. He was spotted at a Dollar Store in San Miguel around 4:20 p.m. on Friday, December 28, and was believed to be heading towards the LA area.

Mendoza was initially received by the CDCR from Los Angeles County on December 20, 2017 with a five-year sentence for use of a deadly weapon during a carjacking/ attempted carjacking and evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly.

Mendoza has been transported to Salinas Valley State Prison and his case will be referred to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges and carjacking.