Elderly Exeter couple bound, gagged and nearly killed

Exeter PD detective tracks down and arrests their assailant Richard Janoiko in Porterville


EXETER – An elderly Exeter couple was bound, gagged and nearly killed by a man with a knife last week.

An 85-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman, a husband and wife whose names were not released, reported the crime to the Exeter Police Department at about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. The couple said they knew the assailant, 42-year-old Richard Janoiko, who entered their home and brandished a knife. During the robbery, Janoiko tied up and gagged the victims, placed a knife against one victim’s throat causing injury, and also attempted to smother the victims with a pillow. Neither of the victims were seriously hurt and did not require any medical treatment.

After stealing several pieces of property from the home, Janoiko stole the couple’s 2000 Toyota Camry and fled the scene. On Feb. 8, Det. Kevin Phelps with the Exeter Police Department tracked Janoiko to a residence in the City of Porterville. Phelps, with assistance from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and the Porterville Police Department, took Janoiko into custody without incident. Janoiko was booked into the Tulare County Jail on charges of attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, and motor vehicle theft.

During his investigation, Phelps was also able to develop a list of possible locations where the stolen vehicle might have been left by Janoiko and turned that information over to the Tulare County Regional Auto Theft Taskforce (TRATT). On Feb. 9, members of TRATT located the stolen Toyota Camry in the City of Porterville.

“The Exeter Police Department would like to thank the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Porterville Police Department and the Officers with the TRATT Unit for their assistance with this case,” said Sgt. Brett Inglehart, the supervising officer on the case.

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