Houston police arrested an intoxicated man with a small cache
of weapons in his hotel room early Sunday, officials said.
Police responded to a call for “urgent” backup from an officer
at the Hyatt Regency hotel around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, an
officer at the Houston Police Department Command Center told
The officer initially attempted to arrest the “drunk and
belligerent” man for trespassing, but requested help from other
officers after discovering ammunition in his hotel room, Lt.
Gordon MacIntosh told the Houston
Officers then “located multiple firearms,” the HPD command
center officer told HuffPost. The weapons include an AR-15, a
shotgun and a handgun, according to local NBC
Man in custody after Houston police find AR-15, shotgun,
handgun and “lots of ammmo” inside his hotel room, on 28th
floor of Houston Hyatt Regency, overlooking planned New
Year’s celebration. His truck, with paper plates, found and
— Jacob Rascon (@jacobkprc)
December 31, 2017
The suspect, whose identity hasn’t been released, was arrested
on several charges of trespassing and unlawful carrying of a
weapon, according to McIntosh. Investigators located his
vehicle and were searching it for additional weapons.
It’s not yet known why the man had the firearms in his room.
Police were waiting for the suspect to “sober up” before
interviewing him, McIntosh said.
Hours after the arrest, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo
tweeted that the situation had been “contained” and that
officers would be “heavily deployed” throughout the city.
Situation from this morning at downtown hotel is contained.
No specific threats to @HoustonTX.
will be heavily deployed throughout the city to include
SWAT react teams. Proud of officers & Hyatt. As always
be vigilant & report suspicious a activity to
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo)
December 31, 2017
The incident occurred hours before the Hyatt Regency’s massive
New Year’s Eve party, which spans four floors and a
50,000 balloon drop at midnight.
Hyatt Regency Houston was “fully cooperating” with the police
investigation, Tom Netting, the hotel’s managing director, said
in a statement.
“The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is our
top priority, and consistent with the hotel’s prepared security
plans, heightened measures are in place on New Year’s Eve,”
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