Union College student arrested for having a gun on campus

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton

mthornton@klkntv.com

A Union College student is in trouble.

Lincoln police arrested 22–year–old Rudy Rodriguez Wednesday afternoon for unlawful possession of a firearm at school, which is a felony.

Another student told the school Rodriguez had a gun inside his campus apartment near 48th and Bancroft.

That’s when its campus safety director says he searched it and found a loaded 9-mm handgun in a nightstand next to the bed.

Union College has a no tolerance weapons policy.

"We take any threat against campus safety very seriously. We don’t want any of our students harmed and we’re aggressive when it comes to campus safety,” Union College Campus Safety Director Rick Young said.

Police and college officials said last Friday, Rodriguez pulled out the gun and threatened himself and another student.

They said he denies the claims.

The college said it didn’t know about the incident until this week.

"We would’ve preferred that Friday night to have gotten a call, so we could take immediate action because we don’t know his state when he’s making those statements and that’s the most dangerous time,” Young said.

The college is currently working on an anonymous tip line.

It encourages students if they see something to say something.

"We are a community. We’re here to protect everybody and everyone needs to be safe and we can’t see and hear everything ourselves. We need the support of the community,” Young said.

Rodriguez is banned from campus for now.

The college said he could be expelled, but that’s pending the current investigation.  

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Posted by: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

8@klkntv.com

22-year-old Rudy Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday afternoon for unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a class 4 felony.

Union College’s Director of Security contacted Lincoln Police about information that Rodriguez had a handgun inside his residence.

Police said Rodriguez lives in an apartment near 48th and Bancroft, which is owned by the college.

They said the college’s security director followed its policies and procedures and searched Rodriguez’s apartment.

Officers said that’s when  a loaded 9 mm handgun was found inside a nightstand next to the bed.

LPD said the college reported that Rodriguez threatened himself and another student last week.