Drunk man leads police to hotel room arsenal

Todd Singleton
January 1, 2018

The man is now in police custody, facing charges of trespassing and unlawful carry, and as of mid-morning Sunday, reportedly waiting to sober up before investigators can continue with their questioning.

Less than 24 hours before party goers were set to pack the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Downtown police made a major arrest.

An intoxicated man was arrested at a hotel that hosts one of Houston's largest New Year's Eve parties after police found several guns and ammunition in his room, police said Sunday.

Here's a timeline of how that arrest happened: About 1:00 a.m.: An off-duty police officer encountered a man in the hotel lobby. Hotel staff said he was drunk at the bar, and refused to leave.

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"At this point, our investigators do not believe there was any kind of intent by him to use the weapons or to cause any kind of issue". When police went to his room to retrieve his belongings, they found ammunition, an AR-15, a shotgun and a handgun, police said.

Authorities are waiting for him to sober up before they can interview him, Macintosh added.

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. His name hasn't been released.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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