2 sought in Sonora break-in

SONORA — Police on Wednesday arrested one man and were looking for two others suspected of breaking into a home Tuesday night and robbing the resident at gunpoint.

No injuries were reported and no shots were fired in an apparent home-invasion robbery that occurred about 9:30 p.m. at a Sonora-area home.

Tuolumne County sheriff's officials did not release the resident's name or the location of his home to ensure his safety.

The victim told sheriff's investigators the three men entered his house carrying rifles, said Lt. Ken Diaz, a sheriff's spokesman.

The men were wearing bandannas to cover their faces.

Diaz said two of the men broke down a bedroom door and the third man held the victim at gunpoint.

The men stole several items from the home, including a Sony PlayStation game console and cash.

The investigation led sheriff's officials to identify Justin Cole Mendenhall, 23, of Jamestown as one of the suspects.

Sheriff's officials found Mendenhall near his home about 5 a.m. Wednesday. He was taken into custody without incident. Diaz said Mendenhall had in his possession a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.

Mendenhall was booked at Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of robbery and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

Sheriff's officials described the second man as a Latino in his 20s and the third man, also in his 20s, as having a large build, about 6 feet tall and wearing a navy blue zip-up sweat shirt.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this robbery to call the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department at 533-5815.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or 578-2394.