Police arrest gunman inside Kingwood home
- Written by Patsy Oliver
Suspect believed responsible for kidnapping, sexual assault in same neighborhood A woman was kidnapped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Kingwood and another couple awakened to find an intruder standing over their bed. Police have a suspect in custody. According to John Cannon, Houston Police Department spokesman, 28-year-old Frederick Dwayne Sampson was arrested March 24 after a home invasion in the 2400 block of Pine Bend Drive in Kings Lakes near the Kingwood Country Club. Cannon said that Sampson had entered the home through an open back door. He went into the homeowners’ bedroom where he saw the couple sleeping. The woman saw the suspect, but pretended to be asleep. The woman described the ordeal in an e-mail that was circulated throughout Kingwood last week. She wrote that their house alarm had gone off and that she had checked the house and informed the alarm company that all was OK. “About 10 min. later, I saw a large man walk into our bedroom. It looked like he had a hood on and was dressed in black. I pretended to be asleep as he stood over R ---- and then came and stood over me for what seemed to be an eternity!” she wrote. The man left the room and the couple locked themselves in the bedroom and called 9-1-1. “Our officers got there within one or two minutes and set up a perimeter,” said Cannon. Officers entered the home and during their search found Sampson hiding under a ping-pong table. “When our officers went to take him into custody, he started to fight,” said Cannon. During the struggle, Cannon said that Sampson punched one officer in the face and tried to pull another officer’s gun from its holster. Officers had to use tasers on the suspect several times to get him under control. Sampson was found to be in possession of a handgun, as well as the homeowners’ wallets. He was arrested and has since been charged with two counts of assault with bodily injury to a public servant and one count of burglary of a habitation. A week earlier On March 15 at approximately 2:05 a.m., in the 2000 block of Pine Bend Drive, a 24-year-old woman was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to drive to an ATM to withdraw money from her account. During the ordeal, the woman was sexually assaulted. According to a witness who was at the home at the time of the incident, there were several young girls in the home, upstairs, at the time. A youth outing from a church outside of Kingwood was being held in the home the night the incident occurred. The adult women chaperones were downstairs, while the girls were upstairs. The witness stated that although the suspect did take items from several women, including credit cards and at least one cell phone, he was apparently unaware that the girls were upstairs. Neither the witness nor police offered information as to the specifics on how the kidnapping took place, due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing. The close proximity of the crime to the home invasion that followed led officers to believe that Sampson may have been responsible for that crime as well. In addition to the other offenses he is already charged with, Sampson could face additional charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated sexual assault. Another home invasion In the 1700 block of Woodland Vista Drive, on March 22 at about 10 p.m., a homeowner heard a suspicious noise and upon investigating, found a man inside the home. The suspect displayed a gun before leaving the home. Sampson is the suspect in that crime and could face charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The case Sampson is currently being held in the Harris County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He appeared in the 339th District Court March 26 and is scheduled to appear next on April 29. His address is listed as Cypress and previous offenses appear to be limited to traffic violations, including a DWI. It is unclear how he arrived in the Kingwood neighborhood, as no vehicle was reported to be impounded when Sampson was arrested. Cannon reported Friday that the victim of the kidnapping and sexual assault had positively identified Sampson as her attacker. Cannon added that police also had information that positively links Sampson to the home invasion on Woodland Vista Drive. Cannon said that he did not yet know if Sampson would be charged individually for the additional crimes, or if they would be used as consideration for the penalty phase if convicted of the three felonies he now faces. Murray Newman, prosecuting the case for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, would not comment on the case.