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Police: NIU student had guns in dorm room

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 12:10 p.m. CDT
Kevin Ouwenga, 29, of Tinley Park, was charged Tuesday with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful storage of a weapon.

DeKALB – A 29-year-old Tinley Park man was arrested Tuesday after police found guns and body armor in his dorm room at Northern Illinois University's New Hall West.

A worker sorting mail at the residence hall called police after she found a package containing gun parts from Primary Arms addressed to Kevin Ouwenga, court records show. NIU police searched Ouwenga's room and found a dissassembled AR-15 rifle, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, along with ammunition for both and body armor inside, court records show.

Ouwenga, who has a valid firearm owners identification card, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a stored weapon. If convicted of the more serious charge, Ouwenga could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Guns are prohibited on all property controlled by NIU, NIU spokesman Paul Palian said.

Ouwenga's bond was set at $40,000 on Wednesday. His address was listed in court records in the 16500 block of Fulton Terrace in Tinley Park. His next court date is Dec. 17.

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