A man was held with two handguns at the Disneyland Paris amusement park complex yesterday January 28, police have said. Police source told the Reuter news agency the 28-year-old European man was carrying the firearms in a suitcase and was stopped by security staff after the bag passed through an X-ray machine at the Hotel New York.He was also carrying ammunition and a copy of the Koran, the source added. The man, who was reportedly unknown to police and the intelligence services, did not resist and was arrested by police at around noon local time, France Inter radio said.
According to AFP news agency, a police source said the man had a reservation at a hotel, and papers found on him indicated that he lived in Paris. They also added that there is no indication the incident was terrorism related so far, and that the man said he was carrying the guns because he feared for his safety.
Le Parisien newspaper said the man had booked a room for two people and his vehicle has been sealed off. The suspect’s partner fled after he was arrested and is reportedly still on the run.
A police source told AFP news agency, a woman who was believed to be the man’s girlfriend was arrested, but was later released after police realised they had the wrong person.
Disneyland Paris spokesman Francois Banon said: “During a routine security screening checkpoint at one of our hotels, weapons were discovered in a guest’s luggage through our X-ray machine. “The police were immediately notified and the individual was arrested”. “We continue to work closely with the authorities, and the safety and security of our guests and cast members is our utmost priority.”
The park, which carries out security checks at the entrance, remains open.
Source: Sky news