Man behind the mask in string of robberies is revealed, authorities say

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The man behind the skeleton mask on Circle-K security video, seen terrorizing a Lodi store clerk with a knife on October 20 has been exposed by Medina County and Lodi authorities.

Investigators told Fox8 he is Nathan Holsman, 29, from Valley City, just west of Strongsville.  Investigators, acting on a tip, executed a search warrant at his home Monday night.  He was taken into custody; evidence, including a skeleton mask and kitchen knife was seized.

"I don't believe he has a criminal history. This might be a first-time offense for him," said Sgt. Kevin Ross from the Medina County Sheriff’s Department.

Ross said investigators from five different law enforcement agencies suspected Holsman of robbing clerks at knife point in their jurisdictions, primarily along the I-71 corridor. He is accused of robbing three hotels and two Circle-K convenience stores.

"Due to the I-71, it's easy access on and off the highway to get to other locations in a short period of time," said Sgt. Ross.

He is currently being looked at for crimes in Strongsville, Middleburg Heights, Medina Township, Lorain County and Lodi.  Lodi officers helped put Holsman behind bars.

Holsman told investigators he had a heroin addiction, something he allegedly picked up a couple of months ago.  It’s believed his crime spree began after he lost his job a few weeks ago.

Sgt. Ross said people who know Holsman insisted the crimes of which he's accused do not reflect the 29-year-old man they knew before his addiction took over his life.

"We received information that this is unlike him. This drug has made him change and made him into a different person; he usually wasn't this type of person," said Ross.

Holsman will be arraigned in Wadsworth Municipal Court Wednesday morning on one count of Aggravated Robbery.

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