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Man charged after barricading himself in Palos Hills home

A southwest suburban man is facing several charges after he barricaded himself, his girlfriend’s mother and two small children inside their Palos Hills home on Friday afternoon.

Steven J. Bates, 46, faces two counts of battery, assault and resisting a police officer, all misdemeanors, according to a statement from Palos Hills police.

Officers responded to a domestic battery in the 10500 block of Roberts Road about 2:40 p.m. and found a woman who said her intoxicated boyfriend had repeatedly punched her hands when she refused to give him the car keys, police said.

The officers knocked on the door and Bates shouted profanity from inside, police said. He refused to open the door and threatened to shoot the officers through the door.

The mother told officers he wouldn’t let her out and he piled furniture in front of the door to keep the officers out, police said.

The officers were able to open the door, and Bates struck one of them in the face, breaking his glasses, police said. He was taken to the ground and arrested. The mother and the two small children were not hurt.

Bates appeared in court Saturday and was ordered held on a $1,000 bond, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He is next scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.