HAMMOND — A 25-year-old Highland man accused in several robberies in the Region allegedly admitted to police he robbed his former boss last month with a toy gun as she tried to make a night drop of money at a bank.
Jordan Ravesloot has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery, all level 5 felonies, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday in Lake Criminal Court.
A manager at Marco's Pizza told police she went to drop off a bag of money at a local bank Dec. 3 when she heard a voice say, "Drop the bag," according to court records.
When she turned around, she saw a person, later identified as Ravesloot, wearing black clothing and ski mask and appearing to hold a black handgun.
He ordered her to sit against the bank wall while he took off with the bag of money and her cellphone. In a later interview with police, Ravesloot said he recognized the woman as his former manager at Marco's Pizza.
Ravesloot is also accused of robbing the Taco Bell at 10130 Indianapolis Blvd. just before midnight Dec. 14. He ordered two tacos but pulled out a handgun instead of paying for his food and ordered a manager to empty the cash drawer into a Meijer shopping bag, the affidavit stated.
In a third incident, Ravesloot reportedly tried to rob a Subway at 9515 Indianapolis Blvd., in Highland, at 7:50 p.m. Dec. 17.
After ordering a chicken sandwich, he handed the employee a note that said, "Remain calm. I have a gun. Don't call the police."
Ravesloot then pulled up his shirt, displaying a gun tucked in his waistband, the affidavit stated. When a manager came out from around the corner, Ravesloot took the note back and left the store.
Last month, Ravesloot was charged with robbing the KFC at 2733 169th St., in Hammond, on Dec. 9, and attempting to rob the Burger King, 1817 Indianapolis Blvd., in Hammond, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and a nearby Subway hours later.
After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, police last month 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.