Last updated: 04:10 PM ET, Thu January 28 2016

Man Arrested at Disneyland Paris Hotel with Multiple Weapons

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 28, 2016

Man Arrested at Disneyland Paris Hotel with Multiple Weapons

Photo courtesy of Disneyland Paris

A man was arrested outside of a Disneyland Paris hotel Thursday after it was discovered that he had weapons inside his luggage during a security screening process.

According to the Daily Mail Online, a 28-year-old man was attempting to enter Hotel New York at Disney Village when he went through a routine security screening checkpoint. One of the Disney staff members working security noticed a gun inside the man’s bag through the x-ray machine and stopped him.

French police arrived on the scene a short time later and arrested the man without incident. The authorities discovered that the man had booked a room for two and had been seen with a woman, but she had not been detained.

Police thought they detained the man’s accomplice, but it turned out to be the wrong woman. The authorities told the Daily Mail, “A woman was arrested soon after the incident, but she was released after it became clear she was not the suspect involved. We are still looking for the man's companion.”

The bomb squad arrived at the scene and surrounded the man’s car, shutting down the entire parking lot area temporarily. Inside the vehicle, the officers discovered two low-caliber handguns, a knife and ammunition.

A notice on Disneyland Paris' website today read: "During a routine security screening, weapons were discovered in a guest’s luggage as he was about to enter one of our hotels. The zone was immediately cordoned off, police were summoned and the individual was arrested. We continue to work closely with authorities and stress that the safety of our guests and that of our employees is our highest priority. The normal activities of our holiday destination continue as usual."

The man was not part of any anti-terrorist lists, and had only been known to traffic police after he was caught driving without a license. The arrest comes just a few months after a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people.


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