Arsenal Found in Texas Hotel Atop New Year’s Eve Party

A man has been arrested on multiple charges after police located a small arsenal of guns on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street downtown, where a large New Year’s Eve celebration is planned, Houston police said . . .

Police at the hotel called for backup around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they attempted to arrest [Russell Lawrence] Ziemba for being intoxicated and trespassing. When help arrived, police noticed ammunition around the man’s hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.

Ziemba was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing. When investigators looked through his room further, they located an AR-15, a shotgun, a handgun and lots of ammunition, Macintosh said.

Ziemba, who said he was staying at the hotel to celebrate New Year’s, admitted to drinking alcohol for days, police said. He told authorities that he moved his firearms to his room because he worried they’d be stolen from his truck, which was parked in the hotel garage.

The Hyatt is preparing a New Year’s Eve celebration at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight, its website said. (Read more from “Arsenal Found in Texas Hotel Atop New Year’s Eve Party” HERE)

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