Cops: NIU student, Army vet charged after guns found in dorm

Special to the Tribune

A Northern Illinois University student and Army veteran was arrested after police discovered two guns in his dorm room in DeKalb this week, campus officials said today.

Kevin Ouwenga, 29, of Tinley Park, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after NIU police searched his room at the New Hall West dorm and found a disassembled AR-15 rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, along with some ammunition, NIU Police Chief Thomas Phillips said.

“We checked him out, and we don’t believe he’s a threat,” Phillips said.

A university worker sorting packages Tuesday noticed one addressed to Ouwenga that bore the return address of a weapons company. The worker alerted NIU police, who made a consensual search of Ouwenga’s dorm room and found the guns, Phillips said.

Although Ouwenga has a valid firearm owner’s identification card, NIU bans guns on all school grounds, said Phillips. Ouwenga is a combat veteran of the Iraq war and is a first-semester student at NIU, the chief said.

NIU released a statement Wednesday saying it had banned Ouwenga from campus until the completion of a judicial review process.

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