Cops arrested a man in a Houston Hyatt after discovering an arsenal of weapons in his hotel room. In a chilling twist, his room was above a New Year’s Eve celebration.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the man was staying at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston. Police officers found an AR-15, a shotgun, a handgun, and ammunition.
Thankfully, the man’s erratic behavior at the hotel drew attention before any violence. Hotel security called police Sunday morning at 1:30 AM. The suspect was acting drunk and disorderly in a hotel bar. He refused to leave the premises. At some point, he became aggressive with staff members.
Initially, the police were simply going to arrest him for disorderly conduct. They took the man to collect his belongings, but they found something more disturbing. When they entered the room, they found the arsenal.
The Hyatt hotel has a New Year’s Eve party scheduled this evening. The event will span four floors and feature live music acts and DJs. Hundreds of people are expected to attend.
The suspect’s room was overlooking the event.
KPRC2 reporter Jacob Rascon tweeted about the discovery. He also added a screenshot of the hotel’s event.
Police initially planned to arrest the man for disorderly conduct. Hotel staff said he was drunk at the bar, and refused to leave. Officers and staff found the weapons and ammo when they went into his room to grab his belongings.
Hyatt celebrating “40 years of Houston’s iconic New Year’s Eve party” tonight. Live performances. Hundreds expected. pic.twitter.com/Dur3X61MFQ
— Jacob Rascon (@jacobkprc) December 31, 2017
Obviously, there are some very eerie parallels with the Harvest 91 shooting in Las Vegas. This time, the would-be shooter made the “mistake” of behaving erratically in public.
The Hyatt Regency released a statement:
The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is our top priority. 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.
It is absolutely chilling to think what might have been. Thankfully, the hotel staff practiced due diligence in calling the police. Unfortunately, it was only based on his actions in the bar rather than the arsenal in his room.
If you are going out this New Year’s Eve, stay alert to your surroundings. And as police say, if you see something say something. Do not feel stupid for telling someone that something seems “off”.