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CROWN POINT — The check stubs for an employee robbed Sunday night at a restaurant in Lowell were found at the apartment of Dionysios T. Doukas, according to court records.

Doukas, 35, of Schererville, was charged Tuesday afternoon in Lake Criminal Court with attempted robbery, robbery and resisting law enforcement.

He was charged in a separate case Tuesday with resisting law enforcement and two misdemeanors on allegations he fled police after the robbery.

The defendant is suspected of robbing almost a dozen restaurants this month in Lake County.

The robbery at Subway restaurant, 2998 E. 181st Ave. in Lowell, was reported at 9:08 p.m. Sunday.

The robber stole $104 from a change machine and an employee's wallet before fleeing the restaurant, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The employees told police the suspect matched a description of the Region's serial robber, whom police knew drove a dark-colored GMC Terrain, the affidavit states.

A suspect vehicle was spotted by police speeding on Interstate 65 near 109th Avenue, the affidavit states.

The vehicle exited onto U.S. 30 and stopped briefly for police outside Southlake Mall before fleeing again.

An attempt to stop the vehicle with tire spikes was unsuccessful, and police lost the vehicle after it narrowly crossed railroad tracks ahead of a speeding train on Lafayette Street in Valparaiso, the affidavit states.

The vehicle was determined to be registered to Paragon Restaurant in Hobart, the affidavit states. The restaurant's owners said Doukas had the vehicle at the time of the robbery.

Doukas agreed to meet with police at his home in Schererville, and he was taken to the Lake County Sheriff's Department, the affidavit states.

He told police he parked the GMC Terrain on Friday night at a Denny's restaurant in Portage, and then left the restaurant in a separate vehicle with a stripper named “Latondra” or “L.A.,” the affidavit states.

He said he was on a “three-day drinking binge” over the weekend and spent time with the stripper in Illinois, the affidavit states.

The sheriff's office obtained a search warrant Monday for Doukas' apartment, where police located the check stubs, the affidavit states. Police also seized Doukas' cellphone and the GMC Terrain.

Doukas' bail is $80,000, according to court records.


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.