Kevin Sampson

A Riverside man who allegedly took his estranged wife and children hostage and fired at gun at police during an hours-long armed standoff with police at a home in south suburban Matteson on Jan. 10 remains in Cook County Jail on $2 million bond after being charged with multiple felonies.

Kevin Sampson, 34, who Riverside police say lived in the 300 block of East Burlington Street, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion and aggravated kidnapping.

According to Matteson Police Chief Michael Jones, Sampson barricaded himself in his estranged wife’s home around noon on Jan. 10. He reportedly allowed two children to leave the home during the first hour of the roughly six-hour standoff with police.

Jones said Sampson was armed with a handgun and fired about a dozen rounds at police during the incident. No one was hurt by the gunfire. Sampson surrendered to police without incident that evening after his estranged wife escaped from the home, Jones said.

Just prior to the Jan. 10 incident, Matteson police reportedly were talking to Sampson’s attorney to have Sampson turn himself in after allegedly showing up armed with a handgun at his estranged family’s home a week earlier. 

Police responded to a 911 call that day as well, but Sampson had fled the area by the time police arrived. 

Riverside police confirmed that they were asked on Jan. 3 by Matteson police to stake out Sampson’s last known address in Riverside, but he never returned to the East Burlington Street building, which property records indicate was sold last June.