Man arrested with weapons in hotel room hours before NYE party

Houston police have arrested a man who was initially going to be charged with drunk and disorderly conduct at a downtown hotel until officers discovered an arsenal of weapons in his room

Just hours before New Year's celebrations, police arrested a man on multiple charges after discovering a small arsenal of guns in his top floor hotel room at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.

It comes as cities across the U.S. and around the world step up security for New Year's Eve celebrations.

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.

They'd initially tried to have the man go back to his room, the newspaper reported. Police found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lt. Gordon Macintosh said other officers arrived to take him into custody and found an AR-15 rifle, shotgun and handgun in his room, plus ammunition.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing. Police also confiscated his truck and were searching it for more weapons. Investigators say he was by himself and they are trying to figure out why he had the weapons. Please be assured that heightened security measures are in place and will continue through the hotel's New Year's Eve celebration this evening.

The Hyatt says its New Year's Eve party spans four floors, featuring live performances and the dropping of 50,000 balloons at midnight.

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