Florida man accused of involvement in December Cooperstown incident

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Florida man faces charges after accusations he helped another man allegedly rob a Cooperstown business owner, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

Stephen John Janiszeski, 30, of Ocoee, Fla., is charged with attempted robbery, burglary and conspiracy.

According to officials, Janiszeski was charged Wednesday at an Orlando, Fla., jail. Otsego County Sheriff's investigators discovered after a five-month probe, Janiszeski allegedly traveled from Sanford, Fla., with Barry Renert after the two conspired to rob a Cooperstown business owner.

On Dec. 23, Renert, armed with an illegal semi-automatic handgun, allegedly entered a Main Street memorabilia business and confronted the business owner, who used a legal gun to defend himself. Janiszeski is accused of waiting in the car for Renert, then driving him back toward Florida. Renert was arrested at a Richmond, Va., bus station. Officials allege Janiszeski was with Renert in Cooperstown at the time of the incident.

The Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Office arrested Janiszeski a a fugitive from justice warrant. On Wednesday, Otsego County Sheriff's investigators picked up Janiszeski.

Janiszeski was sent to the Otsego County Correctional Facility without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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