Prosecutor: Harvey hostages threatened during 21-hour ordeal
BY FRANCINE KNOWLES, DAVE MCKINNEY AND BRIAN SLODYSKO Sun-Times Media August 22, 2014 9:36PM
Police enter the house in Harvey Wednesday morning to end a standoff with two burglary suspects that had started Tuesday afternoon. | AP Photo/Courtesy of WLS-TV Chicago)
Updated: September 26, 2014 1:24PM
The women and children held hostage in a Harvey home last week were threatened “with having their heads blown off” over the course of the 21-hour ordeal, and one of the two women was sexually assaulted multiple times, a prosecutor said Friday.
At a bond hearing for Peter Williams, 42, of Chicago, and David Jordan, 40, of Dixmoor, a prosecutor said the hostages had guns repeatedly held to their heads or pointed in their direction, and at one point their captors plotted to start a fire to create a distraction so they could escape.
Bond was set at $2.5 million for Williams and at $2 million for Jordan, a convicted murderer. Both are accused of taking two women and six children, ages 1 to 13, hostage after a shootout with Harvey Police.
Jordan and Williams both were charged late Thursday with attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
If convicted, they could face sentences of up to 120 years, said Patrick McGuire, a supervisor with the state’s attorney’s office.
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 from the homeowner, who couldn’t come up with such a large sum of money, prosecutors said.
At the bond hearing before Judge Tommy Brewer in Cook County Circuit Court, a prosecutor alleged one of the women, the sister of the homeowner, was sexually assaulted three or four times by Williams. She had come to the home to baby-sit.
During the standoff, Williams and Jordan discussed in front of the victims a plan to tie themselves to the women, place guns in their mouths and force them to hold one of the children while walking out, according to prosecutors.
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.
Jordan was on electronic home monitoring as a condition of his parole. He was off the electronic-monitoring grid and unaccounted for by the state prison system for 71/2 hours before an arrest warrant was triggered late Tuesday.