Dionysios T. Doukas

Dionysios T. Doukas

CROWN POINT — A pair of bright blue shoes is causing trouble anew for Dionysios T. Doukas.

The Lake County prosecutor's office has charged Doukas in the Nov. 7 robbery of Smoothie King, 8235 Wicker Ave. in St. John, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Doukas, 35, of Schererville, is accused of robbing two employees at the store with an item wrapped in a plastic or paper bag, which the employees believed was a firearm, the affidavit states.

The employees provided the suspect, who was dressed in a pair of “bright royal blue gym shoes,” with the store's cash before he fled, the affidavit states.

A pair of royal blue gym shoes were found Nov. 20 during a police search of Doukas' home in Schererville, the affidavit states.

An ex-girlfriend told police she had viewed surveillance footage from the Smoothie King robbery, which was released to the media by police, and she believed the suspect in the footage was Doukas.

She said she recognized him based on “his voice, his demeanor and his clothing,” which included the blue shoes, the affidavit states.

Doukas was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of robbery and two counts of intimidation, all felony offenses, in the robbery of Smoothie King.

It's the fourth robbery case filed against Doukas since his arrest Nov. 20 after a high-speed chase with police.

Doukas is charged in the Nov. 7 attempted robbery of Baums Natural Foods in Munster.

The suspect in the Baums Natural Foods robbery also wore a distinctive pair of bright blue shoes, according to court records. 

Doukas is also charged in the robbery Nov. 8 of a Jimmy Johns restaurant in Munster and the Nov. 20 robbery of a Subway restaurant in Lowell.

Doukas, who is jailed on bond, was ordered by a magistrate judge Friday to surrender his passports to the court before a hearing Jan. 22.

The magistrate also approved a gag order prohibiting attorneys from discussing the case with members of the media or public.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.