Two young security salesmen assaulted and robbed two men from a rival company in Cheney on Monday, police say.
Suspects Kyle C. French, 18, and Ignatius Tepp, 19, work for Stryker Security Sales. Todd Jensen and James Stoker, who work for Vivint Security Sales, told police they were attacked by the men because he was selling products in their area.
Vivint saleswoman Miranda Hayes said the men were rude and aggressive when they confronted Jensen and stoker and told them to stay out of their area.
French and Tepp were located at their an apartment on Betz Road in Cheney. French “said the Vivint reps were stealing their sales so they confronted one of them to tell them to stop,” according to court documents.
French and Tepp stole paperwork, an ID badge, an iPad, a hat and a carrying case.
“Kyle said he took the property as trophies,” according to court documents. All the items were recovered except the iPad, which French said he threw in Medical Lake because he knew it could be tracked.
Neither suspect has a criminal history.
Superior Court Judge Annette Plese noted the violent nature of the crime and likelihood of prison if convicted when she imposed $5,000 bond for Tepp and $10,000 for French. French just pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge about a month ago. He's been working as a traveling salesman for about five months, according to court testimony.
A reference French gave the court told officials French likely wouldn't show up for court if he was released, which contributed to Plese's decision on bond.