Man with several guns inside hotel room arrested before big New Year's Eve party


At about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Houston police were called out to respond to the Hyatt downtown.

"Officer inside indicated that he had a drunk and belligerent suspect and that he needed some help arresting him," says Lt. Gordon McIntosh.

"The officer, he noticed inside the suspect's room that there was some ammunition laying around so he called for backup, when backup got there they arrested the suspect, found the suspect to have several guns inside of his room, the suspect was subsequently arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon as well as trespassing," says Lt. Gordon McIntosh.
The man arrested was Russell Lawrence Ziemba, 49.

The Hyatt's managing director Tom Netting sent us a statement that says:

The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with authorities on an ongoing investigation after an individual was taken into their custody this morning. Please be assured that heightened security measures are in place and will continue through the hotel's New Year's Eve celebration this evening. Further questions should be directed to law enforcement.

As the sun set outside the hotel Sunday night, guests arrived for the big New Year's Eve bash. 

"Everyone is really worried, we know other people who backed out of going, but we just kind of think I guess it's safe, they already took the guy, he's gone so I guess it's okay," says Samantha Dickens who will be attending with her boyfriend.

"I figured I didn't even think about it, I figured this will be the safest place in town," says Teresa and David Thornton who drove in from Seabrook.

Houston Police reassured New Year's Eve guests that even though it happened the same day as the new years eve party, that here was no reason to worry. Police now say he only had guns in his room because he didn't want to leave them in his truck.


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