SPRINGDALE, Ohio -- A Florida man police say wore an elaborate mask to rob several banks and businesses in the Tri-State over the past month is behind bars on a $3 million bond.
Conrad Zdzierak, 30, was arraigned Thursday morning on six counts of aggravated robbery in Hamilton County court.
Acting on a tip, officers from several departments served a search warrant at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 320 Glensprings Drive in Springdale Wednesday afternoon where they arrested Zdzierak.
Officers discovered a red dye pack from a bank had exploded inside a vehicle that belongs to Zdzierak.
Police then tried to enter Zdzierak's room, but were encountered by a dog that bit one of the officers, prompting one of them to fire their gun.
Once inside, officers discovered evidence, including a Hollywood-style mask linking Zdzierak to six robberies.
"The suspect seen in the surveillance photographs and that we were looking for, we believed to be an African American male. The suspect was actually a male, white, who was wearing an elaborate disguise," said Lieutenant Michael Mathis with the Springdale Police Department.
Springdale police says they have never seen such an elaborate mask.
He did a good job on the mask. I would have been fooled.
"Do you know who I am? I'm freakin' Michael Cole! I got a room full of tang back at the hotel and I aint talking about the kind the astronauts drink!"