MUNSTER — Charges continue to mount against a 35-year-old Schererville man suspected in almost a dozen robberies of Lake County businesses leading up to his arrest Nov. 21.
Dionysios T. Doukas was charged Thursday in Lake Criminal Court of attempting to rob the Baums Natural Foods on Calumet Avenue on Nov. 7 and on Nov. 8 robbing the Jimmy John's on Ridge Road.
Police said Doukas on the night of Nov. 7 walked into Baums in Munster wearing a mask, hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants and "distinctive bright blue gym shoes" and asked two employees if the juice bar was open, according to a probable cause affidavit.
When they said no, he walked out of the store briefly and returned, demanding that employees open the register while implying that an object wrapped in plastic was a gun, court records show.
At first, one employee refused but a second employee told her to comply with his orders, records show.
As Doukas allegedly reached for cash in the open drawer an employee "flipped the cash drawer at him" and he ran away.
The 35-year-old is also charged with two counts of robbery in connection with an Nov. 8 robbery of Jimmy John's, 548 Ridge Road, in Munster. In that case, he approached an employee at the register and demand she open it.
While a second employee was on the phone with police, Doukas allegedly left the store with cash, court records show.
Doukas is also accused of robbing a Subway restaurant on Nov. 15 near Lowell and leading police on a high-speed chase from Lake County to Porter County.
He also faces a new charge alleging he stole a man's wallet and cellphone at a Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch in Hobart.