Police responded to an urgent call for backup from the initial arresting officer at the Hyatt Regency Hotel around 1:30am Sunday morning to discover a 'small cache' of 'multiple firearms', including a handgun, shotgun, and an AR-15, increasingly one of the weapons of choice for mass shootings.
Police initially planned to arrest the man for disorderly conduct. Hotel staff said he was drunk at the bar, and refused to leave. Officers and staff found the weapons and ammo when they went into his room to grab his belongings.— Jacob Rascon (@jacobkprc) December 31, 2017
The suspect, Russell Lawrence Ziemba, is in police custody on charges of trespassing and unlawful carrying of a weapon. He was too drunk to question when initially arrested, though the authorities have since done so and they do not believe he intended to carry out an attack. Houston PD tweeted that the situation was "contained" and that police presence would be "heavily deployed" in response to the situation.
Situation from this morning at downtown hotel is contained. No specific threats to @HoustonTX. @houstonpolice will be heavily deployed throughout the city to include SWAT react teams. Proud of officers & Hyatt. As always be vigilant & report suspicious a activity to authorities.— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) December 31, 2017
Initially, Ziemba could not be interviewed because he was so drunk. HPD has now conducted interview, and do not believe Ziemba was planning attack on Hyatt New Year’s party. He placed firearms in hotel room for safe keeping, and had limited ammunition.— Jacob Rascon (@jacobkprc) December 31, 2017
H/T: Huffington Post