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CROWN POINT — The state is seeking to increase the bail bond for a 35-year-old Schererville man suspected in a rash of robberies in the Region.

Dionysios T. Doukas appeared at a court hearing Monday in Lake Criminal Court on one charge each of attempted robbery, robbery and resisting law enforcement. 

A not guilty plea was entered on the charges at the court hearing. 

Defense attorney Ralph Staples requested Judge Salvador Vasquez reduce his client's $80,000 surety bond, or $8,000 cash bond. Meanwhile, the Lake County Prosecutor's Office has filed a motion seeking to increase the bond.

The state is also asking a judge order Doukas to forfeit his U.S. passport based on concerns the defendant would flee to Greece if he were released on bond.

Staples told Vasquez at Monday's hearing the Doukas family provided him his client's passport, which was locked in a safe at his office.

Vasquez scheduled a hearing on the issue Friday.

Doukas is accused of robbing a Subway restaurant in Lowell on Nov. 15, according to court records. 

He allegedly fled the restaurant with $104 and an employee's wallet, then led police on a high-speed chase from Lake County to Porter County. 

Doukas is suspected of robbing almost a dozen businesses in Lake County before his arrest Nov. 21.

He has only been charged for the robbery at the Lowell Subway while those other robberies remain under investigation. 


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.