Bethune-Cookman Student Arrested After Security Finds Gun In His Dorm

By on April 10, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – A Bethune-Cookman University student was arrested after Daytona Beach police (DBPD) say a stolen, loaded handgun was found in a case underneath his bed sheets in his dorm room.

A campus security guard responded at around 9:40 PM on Sunday after complaints about an odor of marijuana coming from a room in the Moorhead B residential dorm, according to arrest reports. The security guard entered the room and found a silver revolver, loaded with six rounds of ammunition, inside a black zip-up case under the sheets on 25-year-old Steven Evans’s bed.

The handgun and ammunition were taken to the campus security office, and DBPD was called to the scene. Evans has one roommate, and the roommate came to the security office to “ask why his dorm room had been rummaged through,” according to arrest reports. When authorities explained the situation to the roommate, he said he was aware that Evans had a handgun, but the roommate could not give details of the description of the gun.

A DBPD officer tried to get the roommate to contact Evans by phone and encourage him to come to the campus security office, but Evans declined at first. Police say Evans fled the campus when he learned that there was a police presence.

Evans returned to the school at around 3 AM on Monday and came to the security office. He told police that he got the gun from his uncle’s house in Jacksonville. He claimed that he didn’t realize he had the gun until he found it in a duffel bag when he was looking for clothes. The gun had been reported stolen out of Nevada in 1999.

Evans was taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm on school property. He was held on $2,500 bail.

(Evans’s mugshot courtesy Volusia County Jail)

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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