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2 gunmen with criminal pasts charged in Harvey hostage case

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The two men charged with taking eight hostages in a standoff in Harvey earlier this week appeared in court Friday morning, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Bond was set at $2.5 million for Peter Williams, 42, of Chicago, and at $2 million for his co-defendant, David Jordan, 40, a convicted murderer from Dixmoor, who are accused of taking six children and two women hostage after a shootout with Harvey Police.

Jordan and Williams were both charged late Thursday with attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

According to prosecutors, the two men knocked on the door of the Harvey home and offered to cut the grass — but quickly forced their way in and demanded $50,000.

At a hearing Friday before Judge Tommy Brewer in Cook County Circuit Court, prosecutors also said one of the women in the home was sexually assaulted three or four times over the course of the standoff.

Williams' public defender asked Brewer to place his client in protective custody, saying Williams had been threatened by other inmates. Brewer said he would leave that decision up to officials at the Cook County Jail.

The incident started with a reported burglary Tuesday afternoon and ended Wednesday morning when police forced their way into the home where the two were holding their hostages.

Jordan was on electronic home monitoring as a condition of his parole. But he was off the electronic-monitoring grid and unaccounted for by the state prison system for 7.5 hours before an arrest warrant was triggered late Tuesday.

During that time, Jordan and Williams were engaged in their tense, high-profile standoff with police.

Before barricading themselves inside the home Tuesday afternoon, they allegedly were caught breaking into a home near 147th and Robey by police. In an ensuing shootout, Harvey police officer Darnell Keel was hit by a bullet that broke his arm, authorities said. Another officer was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene.

Jordan and Williams were both charged with attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Williams also was on parole, but he was not subject to home monitoring.

State officials said Thursday that Jordan's absence didn't raise red flags at first. Under the conditions of his parole, he was allowed to leave his sister's Dixmoor home to search for work.

But when Jordan didn't return home by his 3 p.m. deadline, the Illinois Department of Corrections parole division tried without success to contact Jordan six times, a spokesman for the agency said.

After the sixth attempt to reach him had failed, the department generated an automatic arrest warrant that was distributed to law-enforcement agencies across the state at 10:22 p.m., agency spokesman Tom Schaer said.

By that point, Jordan and Williams had been barricaded inside the home with the hostages for 10 hours, police said.

So why wasn't an arrest warrant issued for Jordan earlier?

Schaer declined to divulge whether a specific time limit exists that would trigger an arrest warrant if a parolee on electronic-monitoring is missing.

“We are unable to tell you that time because it would jeopardize public safety,” Schaer told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It would tell parolees how and when we look for them. We prefer to keep them in the dark as much as possible.”

Both Jordan and Williams have extensive criminal histories.

Before his parole, Jordan served 27.5 years in state prison for his role in the 1990 murder of a Chicago cabdriver, state records show.

Williams, meanwhile, served multiple stints in state prison for multiple convictions that included weapons offenses, hijacking and concealing a homicide, records show.

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