- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man accused of holding his wife and two children hostage in a semitrailer for more than an hour has been ordered held on $250,000 bond, authorities said.

Charles Esaw, 40, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Cook County Judge Kerry M. Kennedy ordered Esaw not to contact his family.

Police responded to a call Monday from a woman who said her husband was holding her, her two young children and two dogs in a semitrailer. Esaw tried to hit the officers with the truck before releasing the woman and driving away with the children and dogs, police said.

The truck eventually stopped and a Chicago SWAT team surrounded it as the younger child was released. The standoff closed a busy street near Chicago Midway International Airport.

Esaw released the other child and the dogs about an hour later, authorities said. He surrendered and no one was injured, they said.

Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

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