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Dionysios T. Doukas

Dionysios T. Doukas

CROWN POINT – An alleged serial robber faces new charges in the stick-up of a convenience store in Griffith.

Dionysios T. Doukas is charged in the Nov. 6 robbery of 7-Eleven, 415 W. Glen Park Ave., in Griffith.

An employee told police a man entered the store at 3 a.m. wearing a ski mask and brandishing an item concealed in a plastic bag, court documents state.

The man demanded cash from two registers, and grabbed a plastic donation container from the counter, documents state.

He dropped the container, which was chained to the counter, as he was leaving and then fled the store, documents state.

Doukas, 35, of Schererville, was arrested Nov. 20 after allegedly escaping a police pursuit. He was charged with resisting law enforcement and the robbery Nov. 19 of a Subway restaurant in Lowell.

Doukas has since been charged in more than a dozen robberies throughout The Region, according to documents.

In all the robberies, he is accused of using an item in a plastic bag to threaten employees, documents state. He allegedly wore a distinctive camouflage-colored face mask during many of the robberies.

Doukas' ex-fiancee told police Doukas talked about committing robberies before their relationship ended, suggesting he would rob the businesses during slow periods using a toy gun wrapped in a plastic bag, documents state.

Doukas is currently jailed on bond. Ralph Staples, his initial defense attorney on the charges, withdrew from the case Jan. 22, according to court records.

Doukas told Judge Salvador Vasquez last week he intended to hire a new attorney.

Some court records spell Doukas' first name Dionysos.

A status hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.


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.