Drunk man leads police to hotel room arsenal

Jan 01, 2018, 00:23
Drunk man leads police to hotel room arsenal

The hotel's annual New Year's Eve party is one of the city's largest.

Police found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After hotel security called police, authorities went to the man's room to gather his belongings.

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

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"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", hotel manager Tom Netting said in a statement reported by the Houston Chronicle.

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.

Police had not yet interviewed the man, and had not yet determined why he had an arsenal in his hotel room.

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Senties says investigators don't believe the man intended "to use the weapons or to cause any kind of issue". When help arrived, police noticed ammunition laying around the man's hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.

Police said the man is jailed.

Investigators are working to learn more about this incident.

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