A Houston man was apprehended on multiple charges after police procured a small arsenal of weapons in his room early Sunday at the upper part of the Hyatt Regency ahead of the downtown hotel’s massive New Year’s Eve celebration, authorities said.
According to Click2Houston, police at the hotel called for backup after they attempted to arrest a man for being intoxicated and trespassing.
When backup arrived, police noticed ammo laying around the man’s hotel room on the 28 th floor, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police told local media.
The man was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing. When examiners looked into his room further, they located an AR-1 5, a shotgun, a handgun and lots of ammo, Macintosh said.
The Hyatt is preparing a New Year’s Eve celebration spanning four floors at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon fell at the stroke of midnight, according to its website.
“We don’t have a comment at this moment, ” a Hyatt Regency events planning employee told Fox News, adding that the authorities concerned are still investigating.
One guest in the building at the time told the Houston Chronicle the hotel didn’t tell him anything about the incident, though the police presence didn’t have much impact on the foyer crowd as patrons returned from nearby bars.
“There wasn’t a big disruption, ” 32 -year-old Zedshan Zakir, who was leaving a wedding reception when he spotted a man in cuffs on one side of the atrium, told the Chronicle.
The man’s white Chevrolet Silverado was situated and towed to be searched and examined, authorities said.
Investigators are working to learn why the man had the weapons.
Amid nationwide fears over recent terrorist attacks, the NYPD has deployed policemen at every hotel in Times Square, sealed off a massive segment of Midtown Manhattan and plans to check everyone’s bag–twice–with bomb-sniffing puppies and metal detectors as 2 million revelers are expected to ring in 2018.
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