Convicted Felon Accused of Possessing a Handgun in Willowbrook

By Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

February 24, 2023

WHEATON – A Romeoville man has been charged with illegally possessing a loaded firearm in Willowbrook.

According to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, Steven Buegel, 43, of the 0-100 block of Abbeywood Drive, has been charged with one felony count of armed habitual criminal based on Buegel’s criminal history, which includes convictions for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and a felony count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.  Buegel could face between six and thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted.

Steven Buegel. Photo: DuPage County State’s Attorney

According to Willowbrook police, on February 21, 2023, around 8:44 pm, a Willowbrook police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle allegedly driven by Buegel.  It is alleged that during the course of the traffic stop the officer found a loaded Denali .380 handgun with one round in the chamber in Buegel’s possession.

“The law is very clear, as a convicted felon, Mr. Buegel is forbidden from possessing a gun.  I commend the Willowbrook Police Department for their heads-up work not only on this case which resulted in removing an illegal weapon from the streets, but also for their continued efforts in public safety. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jaclyn McAndrew and Alexis Gamboa for their efforts on this case.” Berlin said is a statement.

Bond has been set at $500,000 and Buegel is expected back in court on March 21, 2023.