UPDATED with statement from Disney: French police have arrested a man attempting to enter the New York Hotel at Disneyland Paris carrying a suitcase reportedly holding two automatic guns, ammunition cartridges and a copy of the Quran. Details have been scarce as local news channels scramble for more information, but the suspect is said to have been busted after sounding a metal-detector alarm at the hotel, which is situated on the lake at Disney Village.
A woman who was with him initially fled and was apprehended but later released, per BFM TV. Their car was being searched for bombs.
The 28-year-old suspect is said to have been known to local police for having driven without a license. He reportedly surrendered without resistance and, per BFM TV, said he was carrying the weapons out of fear for his own security.
Said François Banon, VP Communication and Public Affairs at Disneyland Paris: “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.”
Le Parisien reports that an official from the Seine-et-Marne area, where Disneyland Paris is located, said, “I would like to highlight that Disney’s security services and the police reacted immediately to keep this person from committing harm — if he did indeed intend to commit harm, which we do not yet know.”
France remains in a state of high alert, or Vigipirate, since the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris. In the capital, metal detectors have become de rigueur everywhere from shops to hotels.