Arsenal of Guns Found in Hotel Hours Before New Year Celebrations


Houston police arrested an intoxicated man with a cache of weapons in his hotel room early Sunday, according to local media reports.

Police said hotel security officers confronted the unruly man early Sunday at the bar at Houston's Hyatt Regency Hotel and called for assistance when he refused to be subdued. That is the site of tonight's famous New Year's Eve party.

They'd initially tried to have the man go back to his room, the newspaper reported. When police arrived, they arrested him. Police also confiscated his truck and were searching it for more weapons.

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

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When attempts to subdue the man failed, the officer called for what's been described as urgent backup around 1:30 a.m. Investigators said the man was taken into custody at the hotel, where they found several weapons and ammunition in his room. Police say Ziemba faces charges of assault of a peace officer and criminal trespass.

"The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is our top priority, and consistent with the hotel's prepared security plans, heightened measures are in place on New Year's Eve".

According to the Hyatt's website, the hotel is preparing its own New Year's Eve celebration at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight.