Houston, TX – A Houston man has been arrested on multiple charges after police found a small arsenal in his hotel room, just hours before the hotel’s massive New Year’s Eve celebration.
Police who were at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Louisiana Street called for assistance about 1:30 a.m. after they attempted to arrest the man for assaulting a police officer and trespassing, according to KPRC.
When other officers arrived, police noticed ammunition laying around the man’s hotel room, located on the top floor of the hotel, Houston Police Lieutenant Gordon Macintosh said.
The man, whose name has not released, was arrested for assaulting a peace officer and trespassing. When detectives looked into his room further, they located an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun, a handgun, and ammunition, Lt. Macintosh said.
The Hyatt Regency is hosting its own New Year’s Eve celebration at the hotel, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the hotel’s celebration, with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight, according to its website. The celebration is being held on four floors of the hotel.
The man’s white Chevrolet Silverado was located and has been towed for further investigation, including being searched, Lt. Macintosh said.
Police said the man was intoxicated, and are waiting for him to be sober before interviewing him, according to Fox News.
UPDATE: Interview complete. No terrorist intent found. Original charges are sticking.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo posted in a tweet on Sunday morning:
“Situation from this morning at downtown hotel is contained. No specific threats to Houston. Houston police will be heavily deployed throughout the city to include SWAT react teams. Proud of officers & Hyatt. As always be vigilant & report suspicious activity to authorities.”
In a statement, the Hyatt Regency Houston said:
“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.”
Amid nationwide concerns over recent terrorist attacks, the NYPD has posted officers at every hotel in Times Square, sealed off a massive section of midtown Manhattan, and plans to check everyone’s bag twice with bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors as 2 million people are expected to ring in 2018, according to Newsday.
Police snipers will be positioned above the crowds in multiple major cities.