Bank robbery suspect arrested in hotel faces federal charge

Ozarowski was apprehended at the Holiday Inn Express where he was a registered guest (John Gaddy/WCIV)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- A New Jersey man has been indicted on federal bank robbery charges for holding up the Sun Trust on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in February.United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that 55-year-old Craig S. Ozarowski of Belmar, New Jersey, was charged with one count of bank robbery.

According to Maj. Stan Gragg with the Mt. Pleasant police, one suspect "armed with a weapon" was arrested for the robbery. While Gragg did not mention the use or threat of a bomb, the Charleston Explosive Devices Team was on the scene.

Gragg said the suspect, a white male, was a registered guest at the Holiday Inn Express and ran back to the hotel after the robbery which is where he was arrested.

Officers later identified the suspect Ozarowski. In the room Ozarowski rented, police found an air-soft pistol.

The maximum penalty Ozarowski could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment of twenty years.Mr. Nettles stated that the case was investigated by agents of the FBI and the Mount Pleasant Police Department and that he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office for prosecution.