Weapons and ammunition found in Hyatt Hotel room, suspect under arrest

Anita Tucker
January 1, 2018

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.

The discovery sparked fears the man may have been gearing up for a copy cat performance of the Las Vegas Halloween massacre that left 58 dead and hundreds wounded. At 1:30 a.m. on December 31, while escorting Ziemba to his hotel room, the officer called for urgent backup after his attempts to subdue the man failed.

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. That is the site of tonight's famous New Year's Eve party.

Local reports said an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a handgun, as well as a large quantity of ammo were found in the room. He said his truck was parked in the hotel garage.

Light snow, freezing temperatures expected in York leading into New Year's Eve
The air will feel -15 degrees Tuesday night as snow is possible in North Central Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. More clouds will overspread the state Friday night and temperatures will bottom out in the single digits and lower teens.


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.

Senties earlier Sunday that it was an active investigation but "kudos to our officers because they actually prevented what could have been a pretty risky situation tonight". Police found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Halloween shooting from the high-rise Mandaly Bay Hotel in Las Vegas by Stephen Paddock, who killed himself as police closed in, was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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