A white man who pleaded guilty to six robberies in Ohio used a black mask so lifelike that police initially arrested a black man for one of the crimes.
The mother of the wrongly accused man even thought a photo of the robbery suspect she saw on television was a photo of her son.
Conrad Zdzierak, 30, pleaded guilty Monday in Hamilton County Ohio to one count of aggravated robbery and five counts of robbery in a plea deal with prosecutors.
In exchange, prosecutors dismissed 12 charges and decided not to seek indictments for other crimes, prosecutor spokeswoman Julie Wilson said.
Zdzierak stole about $15,000 in the robberies of four banks, a credit union and a pharmacy that occurred in March and April – crimes in which witnesses reported that the robber was black and surveillance video appeared to show a black man.
Zdzierak’s masked resemblance to the black man who was initially arrested was so similar that some witnesses even identified a photo of the black man as the one who robbed them, McDowell said.
Zdzierak was arrested at a hotel after his girlfriend called police after seeing reports of the robberies and finding two masks and money stained by dye that is used to track robbers, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The prosecutor’s office would not release the name of the wrongly accused man.
Conrad Zdzierak targeted four banks and a chemist within the space of three hours wearing the mask
An unnamed black man’s mother saw a surveillance video picture like this one on television and believed the robber was her son
The silicone mask, purchased from a California costume company, behaves like real flesh and muscle
When the narrative for crime is black, it becomes a natural choice for white people to pose as black people to escape crime. This is not the first time and it will certainly not be the last. It is important for black people to understand your position is man made and not a natural consequence of being lazy as you have been told over and over again. It is time to pray and time to take tangible action by getting involved in politics and work diligently to change this evil narrative & push collectively for reparations owed for free slave labor that has still gone unpaid. Do you recall what God did for the Israelites? How He gave Israel a major pay day when they left Egypt after having worked for free for 400 years.