HOUSTON: Man found with arsenal on Houston Hyatt Regency’s top floor pre-New Year’s Eve celebration


A Houston man was arrested on multiple charges after police found a arsenal of weapons in his hotel room early Sunday at the top of the Hyatt Regency. The arrest comes hours ahead of the popular hotel’s New Year’s Eve balloon drop celebration.

It started when hotel authorities called for backup after they attempted to arrest a man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When backup arrived, police noticed ammunition laying around the man’s hotel room on the 28th floor.

The man, who was not named, 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.

The Hyatt is preparing a New Year’s Eve celebration spanning four floors at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight.

The man’s white Chevrolet Silverado was located and towed to be searched and examined. The SUV had “paper license plates,” according to local news reports.

Investigators are working to learn why the man had the weapons.

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