Man found with an arsenal of weapons in Houston hotel
Police discovered guns and ammunition in the Hyatt.
A Houston man was arrested on multiple charges after police found a small arsenal of weapons in his room at the beginning of the Sunday at the top of the Hyatt Regency ahead of the hotel in the centre of the massive New Year’s Eve party, authorities said.
According to Click2Houston, the police were at the hotel for the back-up after they tried to arrest a man for drunk and trespassing.
When backup arrived, police saw the ammunition laying around the man’s room on the 28th floor, Lt. Gordon Macintosh Houston police told local media.
The man was arrested for the unlawful carrying of a weapon and trespassing. When the researchers looked into the room further, they located an AR-15, a shotgun, a pistol and plenty of ammunition, Macintosh said.
The situation was “in” and there were no specific threats to Houston, according to a tweet from Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
Situation of this morning in the hotel is included. No specific threats for @HoustonTX. @houstonpolice will be heavily deployed throughout the city to have SWAT respond teams. Proud of officers and Hyatt. As always, be vigilant and report suspicious activity to the authorities.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) December 31, 2017
The Hyatt is the preparation of a New Year’s Eve party, spread over four floors of the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight, according to its website.
“We have no comment at this time,” Hyatt Regency events planning employee told Fox News, adding that the authorities are still investigating.
A guest in the building at the time told the Houston Chronicle the hotel didn’t tell him anything about the incident, but the presence of the police do not have much impact on the lobby crowds as a sponsor back from the nearby bars.
“There was not a big disturbance,” the 32-year-old Zedshan Zakir, who was leaving a wedding reception when he saw a man in the cuffs on the one side of the atrium, told the Chronicle.
The man is a white Chevrolet Silverado was located and towed to be searched for and investigated, authorities said.
Researchers are working to learn why the man had the weapons.
In the midst of national concern over the recent terrorist attacks, the NYPD has deployed officers at every hotel on Times Square, sealed off a massive section of Midtown Manhattan, and plans to check that everyone is in the bag—twice—with-bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors as 2 million revelers are expected to ring in 2018.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.