Mt. Pleasant bank robbery suspect pleads guilty

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

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A New Jersey man, indicted on federal bank robbery charges for holding up the Sun Trust on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in February, has pleaded guilty officials said.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced that 55-year-old Craig Ozarowski of Belmar, NJ,{} entered a guilty plea to two counts of bank robbery.

Ozarowksi plead guilty to robbing one bank in Mount Pleasant, SC, as well as another in St. Augustine, FL.{}

Nettles said a federal judge will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report from the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on February 13, 2013, Ozarowski entered the Suntrust Bank at 404 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., in Mount Pleasant, SC, and handed a teller a note demanding money.{}

Ozarowski showed a weapon in his jacket to bank employees during the robbery. Police later learned it was an air-soft pistol.

After witnesses told police that they saw Ozarowski run to a hotel next door to the bank. {}

Maj. Stan Gragg with the Mt. Pleasant police said Ozarowski was a registered guest at the Holiday Inn Express and ran back to the hotel after the robbery which is where he was arrested.

Nettles said evidence found in Ozarowski's hotel room tied him to a bank robbery in St. Augustine, FL, that happened on February 8.{}

Ozarowksi was charged with bank robbery in United States District Court in the Middle District of Florida and agreed to plead guilty in South Carolina.{}

Nettles said Ozarowski also faces charges for violating federal supervised release.{} Ozarowski was released from federal prison in December 2012 after serving over thirty years in federal prison.{}{}{}

The maximum penalty for two counts of bank robbery is imprisonment for 20 years and/or a fine of $250,000.