Unruly man with guns, ammunition arrested at downtown Houston hotel

The Hyatt Regency Downtown is scheduled to host its annual New Year's Eve celebration tonight.

U.S. police say they arrested him after the weapons were discovered at the Hyatt Regency in downton Houston in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The officer called for what's been described as urgent backup around 1:30 a.m. when his attempts to subdue the man failed. The suspect, who police say was intoxicated and belligerent, was being arrested for trespassing when an HPD officer found some ammunition lying around in his room.

Police initially planned to arrest the man for disorderly conduct. That's where they found an AR-15, a shotgun and a handgun, as well as "many rounds of ammunition", the paper reported. Hotel staff said he was drunk at the bar, and refused to leave. The man faces charges of unauthorized carrying of weapons.

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Senties says investigators don't believe the man intended "to use the weapons or to cause any kind of issue".

However, according to NBC 4 Washington, "Police spokesman Victor Senties said the man later told investigators he'd brought the guns into his room from his truck because he didn't want them to get stolen".

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

Police are still investigating the incident.

  • Delia Davidson