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Cops: Security salesmen assaulted rivals

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.
  

Suspected peeper arrested in Cheney

A man with unzipped pants was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism following witness reports that he was spying on young women in Cheney late Friday.

Police responded to the 500 block of Clay Street about 10:45 p.m. Friday, where an Eastern Washington University student said she arrived home to find a man looking into her apartment window.

The woman told officers she'd seen the same man looking into her neighbor's window last week. Police didn't find anyone, but they were called back to the apartment about 11:30 p.m. on reports the same man had returned. A witness told police the man said he was getting fresh air and walked away.

Police didn't locate anyone, but officers responded to the apartments again about 12:52 a.m. after hearing reports the man's vehicle was seen driving by. They stopped the dark Hyundai SUV and identified the driver as Richard Michael Wallingford, Jr., 37, who matched the description of the peeper provided by the victims.

Wallingford's pants were unzipped when he exited the SUV, police said. Two women identified Wallingford as the man who was looking in windows.

Wallingford left jail on $7,500 bond over the week. He appeared in Superior Court today on three counts of voyeurism, where he was given an arraignment date of Feb. 22.
  

Sketch shows Cheney armed robber

Cheney police are asking for help identifying a man responsible for a New Year's Eve home-invasion robbery.

The man used a knife to steal items from an occupied home in the 200 block of West Second Street in Cheney about 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 31.

He's described as white, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds. He wore a black Carhartt jacket, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, black jean-like pants, black boots and a white bandanna with black print over the lower portion of his face.

The robber had a light-brown mustache, “spoke with a gravelly voice and smelled like cigarettes,” according to the Cheney Police Department.

Police released a sketch of the robber today.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kelly Hembach at (509) 498-9269.

Extreme neighbor dispute ends in arrest

A 47-year-old Cheney man is accused of burglary after his 25-year-old female neighbor said he’d repeatedly threatened to “chop her head off” before bursting into her apartment and trying to pull her shirt off.

The extreme case of a bad neighbor occurred Sunday in a motel on B Street in Cheney, where the alleged victim said a man in a nearby rental unit was harassing her via telephone and had also contacted her in person, according to court documents.

Police arrived to find the woman being consoled by two friends in the room. The woman said she believed the man, identified as Paul A. Columbus, was capable of carrying out the threats. She said he'd burst into her room after she called 911 but she was able to push him outside and lock the door.

The woman said she was never in a relationship with Columbus and that he has never been allowed inside her room. Her two friends told police they witnessed Columbus threatened to cut the woman's head off and kill her dog.

Columbus remains jailed on $7,500 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on a first-degree burglary charge.

3 arrested in Cheney home robbery

Three suspects have been charged  in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery in Cheney last week.

Merle Leon Weeks, 17, Meshion M. Woodruff, 19, and Samuel Chavez, 23, are accused of breaking into their marijuana dealer's home, handcuffing and binding him with an iPod cord and stealing cash, pot and electronics.

Weeks appeared in Superior Court today on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment. Woodruff appeared in court Tuesday. Both are in the Spokane County Jail, along with Chavez.

The robbery occurred at March 21 at 15 N. 3rd St.

The victim, David K. Lindsay, 25, went to the Cheney police station at 2:30 a.m. and said two men broke into his home with guns and told him they were the police before ransacking him home. .

Weeks “was a bit emotional” when he was arrested Friday at 620 W. 7th St., in Cheney, and apologized to his mother as he was led to the police car, according to court documents.

He gave a detailed interview to police and has been charged as an adult.

Cops search jailed sex offender’s home

A sex offender has been jailed on child rape charges after three children told Cheney police he’d assaulted them. 

A forensics technician and a Cheney police detective searched a trailer belonging to Bruce L. Austin, 55, at 2225 1st St. in Cheney Tuesday, where they seized a computer, cameras and other evidence, including a letter from New York about sex offender registration.

Austin (pictured in 2002) is in Spokane County Jail on $250,000 bail, where he was booked Oct. 8 after his alleged victims described the abuse in interviews with child specialists.

Two girls said Austin had molested them while they were at Cheney Baptist Church and at Austin’s trailer.

A boy said Austin had raped him after giving him alcohol and night-time medication. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Austin’s home after the boy said he’d seen Austin viewing pornography in the trailer, according to the warrant, filed Wednesday in District Court.

Austin has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.

A news article in 2002 described him as a level 3 sex offender who served a year in prison after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with boys. He has a previous conviction in Alaska for sexual abuse of a child and first-degree sexual assault.

Report: Trucker helped rescue rape victim

A Cheney man is accused of kidnapping a woman and raping her before she escaped to safety with the help of a passing trucker.

Charles V. Huckabee, 47, has been in Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bail since his arrest March 16.

The woman told police Huckabee attacked her on March 8 after the two left “an informal bonfire gathering” at a bar in Medical Lake. He told her they were going to friends home but drove erratically to a trailer park, where he forced her to ingest a “small, dark solid substance” that she said effected her balance, according to court documents prepared by Cheney police.

“He basically terrorized her into submissive compliance to his demands,” according to court documents.

Huckabee told police the sex was consensual. The woman said she ran from the trailer and was driven by a tucker to a Cheney fast food restaurant.

Huckabee’s arraignment is scheduled for March 30 on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

Huckabee, who reportedly told the victim he’d served 12 years in prison, had been arrested a day before the alleged attack after his wife said he’d threatened her, according to court documents.

News archives show he was involved in a big methamphetamine bust as a Cocolalla, Idaho resident in 1997.

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