A man who was staying at the Trump Hotel in Northwest Washington was arrested early Wednesday morning after guns were found inside his auto, D.C. police report. The tipster reported that Moles might be travelling to the Trump Hotel in Washington, armed with weapons and ammunition. When they arrived, they found two guns in Bryan Moles' auto.
The chief said Moles was being held on charges of carrying a handgun without a license, possession of unregistered ammunition and carrying a risky weapon - the latter charge stemming from the rifle found in his vehicle. The Secret Service issued a statement saying that at no point in time were any of their protected people in any danger, according to TMZ. Apparently Moles thought a Trump hotel was the winning choice.
"I was very concerned about these particular circumstances".
Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Peter Newsham said at an afternoon news conference that authorities "averted a potential disaster here in our nation's capital".
Newsham said Moles was cooperating with authorities but they did not have enough information to immediately charge him with making threats.
Moles' Facebook page is sprinkled with comments and photos indicating support for Trump.
In this photo taken December 21, 2016, the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
Police had been told Moles had a Glock 23 pistol and a Carbon 15 Bushmaster rifle, an incident report said - officers saw one of the guns in his auto and found a second firearm in the glove compartment.
Another law enforcement source said Dr. Moles had allegedly told the tipster through cell phone messages that he "wanted to get close to" the president.
Newsham declined comment on what might have motivated Moles.
Newsham also said that there is now not enough evidence to charge Moles with making threats, and could not clarify what the original tip to the Pennsylvania police was.
The police chief said when people come to Washington, D.C., "armed with those types of weapons, it's a serious concern".
Moles served in the U.S. Navy from 1992 to 2006.
Pennsylvania records show Moles renewed his license to practice medicine in October 2016.
A hotel spokeswoman confirmed the person arrested was a guest at the luxury hotel and had been "behaving suspiciously".
In a statement, the Secret Service said they were summoned to the scene to investigate "a report of a potential threat against Secret Service protectees" but did not provide further details on possible targets.
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