A possible mass shooting may have been averted in Houston, after an intoxicated man was arrested in a downtown Houston hotel with what is being described as a “small arsenal of guns.”
Authorities are especially concerned, as the man had the guns stockpiled on the top floor of Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston, which was hosting a large New Year’s Eve celebration.
The man was confronted by authorities in the hotel after his intoxicated state made him belligerent.
Unconfirmed reports say the hotel suite the man was in overlooked a planned outdoor celebration, but that has not been confirmed.
A man has been arrested on multiple charges after police located a small arsenal of guns on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street downtown, Houston police said.
Police at the hotel called for backup around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they attempted to arrest the man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When help arrived, police noticed ammunition laying around the man’s hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.
The man was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing. When investigators looked into his room further, they located an AR-15, a shotgun, a handgun and lots of ammunition, Macintosh said.
The Hyatt is preparing its own New Years Eve celebration at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight, its website said.
The man’s white Chevrolet Silverado was located and towed to be searched and examined, Macintosh said.
Police are waiting to interview the man until he has sobered up, Macintosh said.
Investigators are working to learn more about this incident.
The Hyatt Regency Houston has released the following 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. We are fully cooperating with authorities on an investigation, and further questions should be directed to the Houston Police Department.
Here is video of KPRC’s coverage of the arrest.