Surveillance footage of the person accused of robbing a Hammond KFC on Saturday.


HAMMOND — Police have secured felony charges against a Highland man after a vehicle search turned up a painted toy gun, sunglasses, gloves and a note that read, "Remain calm. I have a gun. Open the register and put the cash in the bag. Stay silent!"

Jordan Ray Ravesloot, 25, is accused of robbing at gunpoint the KFC at 2733 169th St., in Hammond, on Dec. 9, court records show. He also is accused of attempting to rob the Burger King, 1817 Indianapolis Blvd., in Hammond, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and a nearby Subway hours later. 

Police said Ravesloot was in custody Thursday. He faces two robbery charges and one attempted robbery charge, all level 5 felonies, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in Lake Criminal Court.

Ravesloot allegedly walked into the KFC wearing a facial cover, handed a cashier a note telling her to remain calm while displaying a "brown handled chrome revolver" tucked in his waistband. After getting the money, he fled the store westbound. 

On Dec. 12, Ravesloot allegedly tried to rob a Burger King in a similar fashion but was told by the cashier working she could not open the safe without her manager's thumb print. The cashier fled the store out the back and he followed. 

The cashier told police she hid behind some garbage cans until he left, the affidavit stated. 

Surveillance footage captured at the KFC restaurant shows Ravesloot leaving in an older four-door white Honda Accord with a sunroof, license plate in the back window and other "distinct characteristics," the affidavit stated. 

After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, police followed Ravesloot, pulled him over and discovered a black Northwestern University jacket, a toy handgun painted black, five pairs of sunglasses, a black hat with a face mask, dark gloves and the note he reportedly gave to his victims. 

Ravesloot allegedly admitted to his involvement in the robberies at KFC, Subway and Burger King. According to court records, he also admitted to other robberies in the area to fuel his gambling habits. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.