Guy Escapes Prison, Gets Captured at Taco Bell

Shalom Mendoza was on the run for days
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2018 5:33 AM CST
Guy Escapes San Quentin, Gets Caught at Taco Bell
This Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) shows Shalom Mendoza after his capture in Paso Robles, Calif.   (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Shalom Mendoza escaped from California's San Quentin State Prison by walking away from his prison work crew Wednesday night. After nearly three days on the run, authorities caught him and took him back into custody Saturday afternoon ... at a Taco Bell. Mendoza, 21, had been spotted at other locations around northern San Luis Obispo County before a witness at the Paso Robles Taco Bell tipped police off to his whereabouts, per a press release. Mendoza is believed to have carjacked a woman's vehicle Wednesday; a vehicle matching its description was found abandoned near Paso Robles Friday, NBC Bay Area reports. (More weird crimes stories.)

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