‘Candyman’ charged in Hobart restaurant robbery
By Lori Caldwell email@example.com | 648-3258 October 31, 2012 4:28PM
Charles Simington. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:10PM
HOBART — They only had a nickname, but it was enough to get robbery suspect Charles “Candyman” Simington identified and charged.
Simington, 46, of Gary, is charged with grabbing a handful of cash from a register at George’s Gyros Saturday afternoon.
He drove west from the restaurant at 1201 W. 37th Ave., crashing into a concrete barrier that divides George’s lot from San Pedro restaurant, Hobart police said.
Even with a flat tire on his vehicle, Simington kept going, leaving gouges in the pavement from the rim.
Patrolman Frankie Osterkamp followed the trail to a house a few blocks away and located the car and its owner, who said she had loaned the car to a person she knew only as “Candyman.”
An arrest warrant has been issued for Simington, whose two recent addresses are in the 1900 and 2000 block of Ohio Street on Gary’s east side.
Detective James Gonzales, a former Gary police detective, knew Candyman from numerous encounters in that city.
Simington completed an 11-year sentence for dealing cocaine and being an habitual offender earlier this year.
He has numerous prior drug charges for dealing and possessing cocaine, court records show.
A George’s employee said a man came into the restaurant with a $5 bill and some singles and asked for a “solid ten,” the probable cause affidavit states.
When she opened the cash drawer, he reached in and took several $20 bills, then ran.
Witnesses identified Simington’s photo as the man who robbed the business.
In 1999, Simington sued the city of Gary in federal court, accusing police of beating him, locking him in the trunk of a car and driving him to Chicago.
The case was dismissed two years later. U.S. District Court Magistrate Andrew P. Rodovich ruled that Simington could not refile.