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$250K bail for man charged with kidnapping in hostage standoff

An Englewood man was ordered held on $250,000 bail Tuesday morning after he was charged in connection with a short hostage standoff that shut down a busy street near Midway Airport on Monday afternoon.

Charles E. Esaw, 40, faces felony charges of aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

Judge Kerry M. Kennedy also ordered Esaw to have no contact with his family.

Esaw, of the 7300 block of South Morgan, has no previous criminal record in Cook County.

A hostage situation in the 4300 block of South Cicero was resolved about 3 p.m. a suspect was taken into custody Monday, September 22, 2014 | Brian Jackson / Sun-Times

At 1:22 p.m. Monday, a woman called police in southwest suburban Bedford Park and said her husband was holding her along with her two small children and two dogs in the cab of a semitrailer truck and would not let them go, Bedford Park police said.

When police arrived at the home in the 6500 block of 73rd Street, the man tried to hit the offcers with the truck, police said. Then he released the woman and drove off with the children and the dogs.

The pursuit ended in the 4300 block of Cicero in the Archer Heights neighborhood in Chicago after city and state police joined the pursuit. The truck stopped, and the younger of the two children was released as a CPD SWAT team surrounded the vehicle, police said.

A little more than an hour after the truck stopped in Chicago, the man released the other child and the dogs, according to Bedford Park police. Then he got out of the truck and surrendered. No one was injured.