Guest at Houston hotel caught with AR-15, ammo in his room

A drunk man staying at a Houston hotel had an arsenal of weapons including an AR-15 inside his 28th-floor room above a major New Year’s Eve bash, cops said.

The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, also had a handgun, a shotgun and troves of ammunition, cops told local media.

Security at the Hyatt Regency Downtown called the police sometime after 1:30 a.m. Sunday when a guest at the hotel bar became increasingly drunk, the Houston Chronicle reported.

They had initially tried to have the man go back to his room, the newspaper reported. He started to fight back, however, prompting officials to call the cops.

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Cops discovered the trove inside the man’s hotel room, including an AR-15 assault rifle.


Houston police and security went to his room to collect his belongings, where they found ammunition all over the room, local NBC affiliate KPRC reported.

They looked around further and found the firearms, police Lt. Gordon Macintosh told KPRC.

The discovery harkens back to the grisly Las Vegas shooting nearly three months ago, when gunman Stephen Paddock smuggled more than a dozen weapons into a hotel room overlooking a country music festival and fired on the crowd, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more.

The suspect’s Chevrolet Silverado was towed after he was arrested.


He was booked with trespassing and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

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

The suspect’s Chevrolet Silverado was also reportedly towed and inspected.

The Hyatt has a sprawling New Year’s Eve party planned for midnight Sunday, according to its website. The bash is supposed to span four floors and will ring in the New Year by dropping 50,000 balloons.

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