Wheatland man charged following fatal burglary

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12:10 p.m.

The Yuba County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges Friday against Rory Banks, alleging Banks had “committed premeditated, first-degree murder” of Ralph Mendez.

The complaint includes allegations of Banks using online sex offender registration information to commit a felony and committing residential burglary while another person, Mendez’s 88-year-old mother, was present.

Banks is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Friday at 3 p.m. in the Yuba County Superior Court.

Original story below:

WHEATLAND, Calif. (KTXL) — Police say two pipe bombs were found in a Wheatland home after officers served a search warrant related to a homicide that occurred Wednesday morning.

Police say they found the two pipe bombs at a home on McCurry Road. The Butte County Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called and people living within 300 to 500 feet were told to evacuate.

Neighbors off-camera said they were shocked to see what was going on in their neighborhood. And it all began a mile away on G Street.

Police say 44-year-old Rory Banks was arrested for allegedly shooting 55-year-old Ralph Mendez. Though, not much information regarding the shooting has been released.

“This is an isolated incident,” said Wheatland Police Chief Damiean Sylvester. “We believe the victim was targeted by the suspect. The victim and suspect did not know each other.”

Sylvester says they do not know the motive but believe they have a good handle on the situation.

“We are not worried about any other incidents like this occurring in our community,” Sylvester said.

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