HOUSTON, Texas — Houston police found a “small arsenal” of guns in a top-floor hotel room just hours before a scheduled New Year’s Eve celebration. The hotel is an open-atrium design that could allow a shooter to fire upon the celebrating crowd.
Just hours before a massive New Year’s Eve celebration at the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel, an off-duty Houston police officer working security for the hotel encountered an allegedly intoxicated man who acted “erratically and belligerent,” KTRK ABC13 reported.
After having difficulty subduing the man, the officer called for “urgent backup.” The call went out at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Responding officers found “a small arsenal of guns” in his top-floor hotel room, Click2Houston reported. The officers called investigators to the scene.
The detectives discovered more weapons in his vehicle.
The Hyatt Regency, located in downtown Houston, is a traditional New Year’s Eve hotspot for the Bayou City. The open-atrium hotel is staged to drop more than 5,000 ballons on partiers as the clock strikes midnight — signaling the arrival of 2018.
The open-atrium design of the hotel could allow the man a sniper-like position from the hallway of the top floor.
Police arrested the man on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing, KHOU CBS11 reported.
The suspect allegedly had ammunition in his room in addition to several firearms.
Hours later, a tow truck could be seen removing a white Chevrolet pickup truck from the hotel’s garage.