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Published: Friday, 8/22/2014

Parolees charged in suburban Chicago hostage standoff

1 is convicted murderer under electronic monitoring


CHICAGO  — Both suspects in a 20-hour hostage standoff this week in a Chicago suburb are parolees, and one is a convicted murderer who was under electronic monitoring.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says that when 40-year-old David Jordan did not return to his home Tuesday afternoon, an alarm was triggered. By then, the hostage drama in the city of Harvey was already unfolding.

Shaer says authorities monitoring Jordan made six attempts to reach him, and a warrant was issued by about 10:30 p.m.

Jordan, who is from Dixmoor, and 41-year-old Peter Williams of Chicago were charged today with attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault.

Police say the standoff began as a burglary attempt, but the suspects barricaded themselves inside the home with eight hostages including six children.

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