Nevada student, 27, is arrested after cops find a rifle and 2,000 rounds of ammunition in his car parked on campus – and he claims he ‘forgot it was in there’
- Shayn Striegel was arrested Wednesday at College of Southern Nevada in Henderson for possession of a dangerous weapon on school property
- Passersby saw a rifle and 2,000 rounds of ammo inside Striegel’s car parked on campus while he was in class Wednesday evening
- Arrest report states when police approached Striegel, he said: ‘I know what this is about, I’m so sorry. I forgot I had it in the car’
- He said he works for a gun manufacturer, and had gone to a shooting range before class and forgot that the rifle and bullets were in his car
- A search of the vehicle yielded an AK-style rifle and more ammunition
- Striegel has a concealed carry permit, but firearms are prohibited on Nevada System of Higher Education campuses
A student at a Las Vegas-area community college has been arrested on a weapons charge after police say they discovered a rifle and around 2,000 bullets in his car parked on campus.
College of Southern Nevada President Federico Zaragoza said in a Facebook post on Thursday that the student, 27-year-old Shayn Striegel, told police following his arrest that he forgot he had the firearm in his vehicle.
Campus spokesman Richard Lake said Striegel is a science major at the college and resides in Las Vegas.
Shayn Striegel was arrested on Wednesday on the College of Southern Nevada’s Henderson campus after a rifle and ammo were found in his parked car
Police do not believe there is any threat to the college campus in Henderson.
According to Zaragoza’s press release, passers-by at the school’s Henderson campus called police after seeing ammunition magazines in the vehicle at around 6pm on Wednesday.
Striegel’s arrest report, first cited by Fox 5, indicates that the vehicle was registered to his brother.
When police reached out to the brother, he told them that Shayn was the primary driver of the vehicle.
Investigators determined that Shayn was in class at the time the gun and ammunition were discovered in the car.
As officers approached him, the 27-year-old reportedly began ‘making spotnatenous utterances: ‘I know what this is about, I’m so sorry. I forgot I had it in the car. I work for Rifle Dynamics.’
According to the company’s Facebook page, Rifle Dynamics is a gun manufacturer specializing in custom-made, lightweight AK-style rifles. It also provides training services.
A man believed to be Striegel appears in several photos displayed on the company’s Facebook page brandishing high-powered rifles.
When interviewed by police, Striegel reiterated his affiliation with Rifle Dynamics, and said that he had gone to a shooting range before class and forgot that the rifle and ammo were in his car.
Striegel also told the officers that there were no additional firearms in the vehicle, according to the report.
When police executed a search on the vehicle, they allegedly recovered an unloaded AK-style rifle resting in an unlocked case in the trunk, as well as two cans containing hundreds of rounds of ammo.
Public records show that Striegel has a hunting license and a valid concealed carry permit in Clark County.
However, CSN President Zaragoza noted in his statement that firearms are prohibited on Nevada System of Higher Education campuses, including those kept in parked vehicles.
‘Although police do not believe that an ongoing threat exists to Henderson or any of our other campuses as a result of this incident, it is an important reminder of the effectiveness of the ‘see something, say something’ public safety campaign,’ he added.
Striegel was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school property and booked into the county jail on $2,000 bond pending a court appearance.