Authorities: Tip led police to armed man at DC Trump hotel

A "heavily armed" guest staying at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC was arrested with police saying it had "averted a potential disaster".

Washington Police Chief Peter Newsham, accompanied by Mayor Muriel Bowser, speaks to reporters in Washington, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, after a Pennsylvania physician who was behaving suspiciously and had made threatening remarks was arrested at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, police found an assault-style rifle and handgun in his auto, authorities said.

Shortly after Moles checked into the Trump Hotel, authorities located his auto, unlocked it and found an assault-style rifle and several magazines with ammunition, as well as rifle accessories and a semi-automatic pistol with six rounds of ammunition in it.

According to the authorities, Moles, 43, is an emergency room physician living in Ediboro, Pennsylvania. Moles was arrested at Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington on Wednesday and faces charges of unlawful possession and transportation of a firearm.

Newsham confirmed that the tip had come from a Pennsylvania security agency, which warned that Moles had made threatening statements, although he did not provide any further details.

Bryan Moles, a doctor from Edinboro, Pennsylvania, had just checked in to the Trump Hotel, just blocks away from the White House, before he was taken into custody by DC police and the Secret Service. Locally, both Edinboro police and Cambridge Springs police say Moles has no criminal record and no priors.

Police responded to the hotel around 1:50 a.m. after they received a tip from the Pennsylvania Police Department about an armed man heading to the Trump Hotel.

He was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license outside home or business. But Deputy Special Agent Michael Ball said 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. Still, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said that police and a tipster had brought a "potential tragic situation to a peaceful end".

She said Moles "cannot be a more stand-up man". Moles liked the comment.

Police also said they found a hospital identification card with Moles' name and picture and learned later that Moles works as a physician at a hospital.

Posts on Moles' Facebook page indicate he's a Trump supporter.

In October 2016, Moles renewed his medical license, but the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told ABC News that he was on administrative leave before the hotel incident.

The hospital would not confirm which of its hospitals employed Moles.

  • Larry Hoffman