TEANECK – A Farleigh Dickinson student is charged with assault and making a terrorist threat after police find a loaded weapon in his dormitory during an investigation into the assault of a woman.
Teaneck Police said on Monday a woman reported two incidents with Kawan Joseph, 21, of Brooklyn that occurred on December 6 and January 3 at her dormitory on River Road.
During the December encounter, she said Joseph grabbed her arm, pinned her down and then suffocated her, the woman told police. When she tried to escape, Joseph prevented her from leaving for a period of time.
She told police the two had an argument in January during which Joseph grabbed her arms, shook her and pinned her against a wall. As she tried to leave, the woman was startled when she saw Joseph loading bullets into a handgun and putting it in his belt, police said. She managed to leave.
A search turns up a gun
After the woman went to the police, a judge granted a domestic violence search warrant for Joseph’s dorm room. She was not present, but police found a Springfield Armory XD .40 pistol along with 11 rounds in a magazine. Joseph turned into the police on Wednesday.
Joseph faces aggravated assault and false imprisonment for the December incident and terrorist threats and simple assault for the January incident. He was charged with possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm in an educational institution, and possession of a large-capacity ammunition clip.
He was being held in the Bergen County Jail.
According to his Linkedin page, Joseph is a senior travel and tourism expert.
FDU did not respond to New Jersey 101.5’s request for comment Wednesday afternoon.
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