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CROWN POINT — Dionysios T. Doukas appeared Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court on several robbery charges, but a bond hearing was rescheduled due to his attorney's absence.

Judge Salvador Vasquez said at the hearing there was miscommunication regarding Doukas' bond hearing, which caused defense attorney Ralph Staples to miss court Tuesday.

The judge scheduled a new bond hearing for Jan. 2. Staples was previously ordered to surrender Doukas' passport, or passports, to the court at Tuesday's hearing. Vasquez said the passport would be surrendered Jan. 2.

Doukas, 35, of Schererville, is jailed on allegations he robbed or attempted to rob five restaurants last month in Lake County.

Doukas is accused in the Nov. 7 robbery of Smoothie King, 8235 Wicker Ave., in St. John; the Nov. 7 attempted robbery of Baums Natural Foods in Munster; the Nov. 8 robbery of a Jimmy John's restaurant, 548 Ridge Road, in Munster; the Nov. 16 robbery of a Subway restaurant, 3600 N. Hobart Road, in Hobart; and the Nov. 19 robbery of a Subway restaurant, 2998 E. 181st Ave., in Lowell.

Doukas allegedly fled police in a high-speed chase after the Subway robbery in Lowell, for which he is charged with resisting law enforcement and two misdemeanors — reckless driving and criminal recklessness.

He is also accused of stealing a man's wallet and cellphone Oct. 25 at the Hobart BMV Branch, 7744 E. 37th Ave.

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office has requested Doukas' bond be increased in the Subway restaurant robbery case. Doukas is seeking a bond reduction.

Prosecutors have asked that Doukas' passport, or passports, be surrendered, for fear he would flee to Greece.

Some court records spell Doukas' first name Dionysos.


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.