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Armed doctor arrested at Trump hotel in D.C. after police receive tip

Armed doctor arrested at Trump hotel in D.C. after police receive tip
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In this photo taken Dec. 21, 2016, the Trump International Hotel in Washington. A Pennsylvania man has been arrested at the Trump International Hotel in Washington after police say they found a rifle and handgun in his car.

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WASHINGTON – A Pennsylvania physician who sent a text message about travelling to visit the president with a carload of weapons was arrested Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel in Washington after police found an assault-style rifle and handgun in his car, authorities said.

Bryan Moles of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody at the downtown hotel, where he was staying as a guest, police said. At a news conference, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said his department, as well as the Secret Service, received a tip from the Pennsylvania State Police at about 12:30 a.m. The tipster reported that Moles might be travelling to the Trump Hotel in Washington, armed with weapons and ammunition.

Moles, 43, checked into the hotel about 1 a.m. Authorities worked with hotel security to locate him and his car.

“I was very concerned about this circumstance,” Newsham said, “and I believe the officers and our federal partners, and in particular the tipster, averted a potential disaster here in our nation’s capital.”

The Secret Service said its agents and local police began investigating a potential threat. But Deputy Special Agent Michael Ball said at Wednesday’s press conference the Secret Service had determined Moles “posed no threat” to any of the people the Secret Service protects, which includes presidents and vice-presidents and their families, former presidents and visiting foreign dignitaries.

A police report said authorities seized a Glock 23 pistol, a Bushmaster assault-style rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition from Moles’ vehicle.

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He is being charged with carrying a pistol without a license and having unregistered ammunition. Newsham added that the department does not presently have enough evidence to charge Moles with making threats. He is expected to make an initial court appearance Thursday.

Newsham declined comment on what may have motivated Moles. He said he did not have a license to carry firearms in the District, which has strict gun laws. He did not know whether he was licensed to carry in Pennsylvania.

The police chief said when people come to the District “armed with those types of weapons, it’s a serious concern. … He doesn’t have a really good reason for being here.”

Dorian Adamik, the police chief in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, said the department got a call from a resident about Moles on Tuesday night. Adamik said the resident’s daughter had received a text message from Moles that said “something to the effect of he was travelling to D.C. with a carload of weapons and he was going to visit the president.”
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