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Man Arraigned on Felony Charges After Arrest Outside Buchanan Appearance

March 12, 1996

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ A man was arraigned on two felony charges Monday after police found a loaded shotgun in his car outside a campaign appearance by Republican presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan.

Nickolas Owens, 34, of Arlington, Texas, was arraigned on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon in a place where weapons are prohibited _ namely, a college campus _ and an investigative charge of possession of components used for an explosive device, Irving police spokesman David Tull said.

A 5-gallon can of gasoline and other undisclosed items were found in the trunk of Owens’ car, Tull said.

Irving criminal court Judge Milton Sturman set bond for both charges at $4,000 for Owens, who remained in the Irving jail Monday afternoon. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The investigation continued, and police said they didn’t know why Owens was at the rally or why he had the shotgun and the other items in his car.

``The arrest was without incident,″ Tull said. ``We’re still trying to figure out what was going on.″

Owens was taken into custody Sunday night at the University of Dallas as Buchanan arrived for a campaign appearance, Tull said.

``The motorcade was moving and he was right behind the last car,″ he said. ``He went right on in with them and disregarded the officer who waved him off.″

Police stopped Owens’ car and found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in plain view in the front seat, Tull said.

Buchanan, speaking to reporters Monday afternoon in Tulsa, said he knew little about the matter.

``He might have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time,″ Buchanan said.

There was no answer Monday at a telephone listed in Arlington for Nick Owens.

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