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Business owner and sons accused of zip-tying, assaulting alleged thief

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The owner of a local business allegedly zip-tied a suspected thief and he and his two sons beat the man over a 45-minute period, inflicting “severe injuries,” according to sheriff’s officials.

John David Sparks, 50, Brenden Sparks, 23, and Trenton Sparks, 20, pleaded not guilty Monday to felony assault and false imprisonment with violence.

The incident happened early April 27 at Sparks Custom Pools in the 6900 block of Meany Avenue, officials said. Deputies called by John Sparks arrived to find the alleged burglar on the ground with his hands zip-tied behind his back and injuries to his head and face.

The injured man was taken to a hospital and detectives took over the investigation.

They learned a video captured the alleged burglar entering a fenced yard of the closed business and taking items from an unlocked vehicle, according to a sheriff’s news release.


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