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A photo of the man who robbed a Hammond Pizza Hut on Tuesday night.

CROWN POINT — The suspect in the robbery last year of a Hammond restaurant was identified after he allegedly wrote his note demanding cash on an advertisement mailed to the mother of his child, court records state.

Clarence Ross, 31, of Chicago, is wanted by authorities in the robbery Nov. 14 of a Pizza Hut in the 7300 block of Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond.

An employee told authorities a suspect wearing a facial covering and sun glasses approached the counter about 11 p.m. and showed him a note demanding cash, records state. The robber stole about $100 from a cash drawer and fled the scene, leaving behind the note.

A surveillance camera captured the suspect's face while it was briefly uncovered, records state. A photo of the suspect was published by The Times in an article about the robbery, which resulted in a caller identifying him as Ross.

Police noted the suspect also wrote his demand on the back of an advertisement letter mailed to a Chicago woman. Police learned the woman owned a 2000 Mitsubishi Gallant. The vehicle's license plate number were entered into the Hammond Police Department's license plate reader, which revealed the vehicle was in the area of the Pizza Hut at the time of the robbery.

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Ross was also the father of the woman's child, records state.

Ross is charged in Lake Criminal Court with robbery, a level 5 felony. His surety bond is $30,000.

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Lake County 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.