CROWN POINT — A 35-year-old suspect in the rash of armed robberies in Lake County was charged Tuesday with resisting law enforcement in connection to a police pursuit Sunday.
Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said Tuesday he also expected charges would soon be filed against the suspect in connection to the robbery Sunday of a Subway restaurant in Lowell.
The sheriff said the charges — robbery and attempted robbery — were based on evidence collected after the suspect was taken into custody in Schererville.
Dionysios T. Doukas was charged Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony, and two misdemeanor counts of criminal recklessness and reckless driving.
A level 6 felony is punishable by six months to 2 1/2 years incarceration.
Doukas is accused of fleeing police in a vehicle Sunday night after police received reports of a robbery call at Subway, 2998 E. 181st Ave. in Lowell, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The sheriff said police were dispatched to the restaurant at 9:08 p.m. after receiving reports of the robbery.
The suspect allegedly insinuated to employees he had a weapon hidden in his hand, which was covered by a plastic bag, and demanded money, Martinez said.
A woman fled the restaurant through a back door and contacted police, Martinez said. The suspect took a $122 combined from a register and an employee's wallet before fleeing the restaurant.
A Crown Point police sergeant spotted a dark gray GMC Terrain shortly after 9 p.m. speeding northbound on Interstate 65 near 109th Avenue, the affidavit states.
The vehicle matched a description of the suspect vehicle used in several robberies in Lake County, the affidavit states.
The sergeant took off after the suspect vehicle, which exited east onto U.S. 30. The sergeant was joined by backup and they attempted a felony traffic stop outside Southlake Mall, the affidavit states.
The driver stopped his vehicle and rolled down the driver's side window, but then sped off again east onto U.S. 30, according to the affidavit.
The suspect vehicle reached speeds of 100 miles per hour and side-swiped another vehicle near Grand Boulevard before reaching the Porter County line, the affidavit states.
An attempt to deflate the suspect vehicle's tires with stop sticks near Valparaiso city limits failed, and the vehicle was eventually able to escape police by beating a speeding train across railroad tracks on Lafayette Street, the affidavit states.
MAKING THE ARREST
The officers learned the vehicle was registered to Paragon Restaurant in Hobart, the affidavit states. The restaurant owner told police Doukas was in possession of the vehicle.
Attempts to convince Doukas to turn himself in to police were unsuccessful, but officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Jefferson Avenue in Chesterton.
Doukas was eventually taken into custody shortly after midnight at his home in Schererville, the affidavit states.
An officer involved in the police pursuit was able to identify Doukas as the driver of the suspect vehicle, based on the initial police stop outside Southlake Mall.
Martinez said Doukas denied he was involved in the robbery in a statement to police, and said his vehicle must have been stolen.
A Lake County police detective obtained a search warrant for the defendant's cellphone, car and apartment, and police found evidence of the robbery.
An initial court hearing for the resisting charge has not been scheduled, according to court records.
Times reporter Bill Dolan contributed to this story.