CROWN POINT — A man was arrested last week on allegations he attempted to rob a Chinese restaurant in Hammond.

Wishanskey M. Hardaway, 33, of Hammond, was charged Saturday in Lake Criminal Court with attempted robbery, a level 5 felony.

Police were dispatched Dec. 28 to Hong Kong Kitchen, 413 Gostlin St., in Hammond, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The restaurant's owner told police a heavy-set male in black clothing entered the store, concealed his hand with a black hat and demanded all the money in the store's register, the affidavit states.

The owner said he pretended there was another employee in the backroom, and shouted “get the gun, get the gun,” which caused the robber to flee the store.

He photographed the robber's vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Malibu with Illinois license plates. Police learned the vehicle was registered to a Hammond woman, who had prior associations with Hardaway.

The restaurant owner identified Hardaway as the robber in a photo lineup, and he was arrested that same night at a residence in Hammond.

He allegedly admitted to police he attempted to rob the restaurant because he needed money for baby formula and diapers for his 6-month-old son, according to the affidavit.

Hardaway's surety bond is $30,000, court records state.

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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.