Earlier today, D.C. police arrested a physician from Pennsylvania after a tipster said he was traveling to the capital with weapons. The physician checked into Trump International hotel and was arrested 30 minutes later, where a handgun and a rifle were found in his trunk. He was reportedly acting suspicious and making threatening remarks. Whether they were aimed at President Trump remains unknown (via AP):
Man who made threatening remarks arrested at Trump International Hotel in DC after cops find rifle, handgun in car. https://t.co/KBtk0xySp9— The Associated Press (@AP) May 31, 2017
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 information from the Pennsylvania State Police at about 12:30 a.m. that a tipster had reported that Moles was traveling to the Trump Hotel in Washington, armed with weapons and ammunition.
Moles, 43, checked into the hotel about 30 minutes later, Newsham said. Authorities worked with hotel security to locate Moles’ car, and later, Moles himself inside the hotel.
“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.”
A police report said authorities saw a firearm in Moles’ vehicle and found another inside the glove compartment. Police seized a Glock 23 pistol, a Bushmaster assault-style rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition.
Newsham declined to comment on what may have motivated Moles.