Report: Houston police arrest intoxicated man with arsenal of weapons in hotel room
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 HuffPost.
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 Chronicle.
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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 affiliate KPRC.
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.
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,” Netting said.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.