Breaking: Man With Assault Rifle Arrested at Trump Hotel

Early Wednesday morning, a 43-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested by police at the Washington D.C. location of Trump’s International Hotel, which is just a few blocks from the White House. He was found to have an assault rifle, a handgun, and 90 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle.

Washington Post reported that Brian Moles, of Edinboro, was arrested by Metropolitan Police after they received a “tip from an out-of-state law enforcement agency.” The agency reportedly claimed that Moles “had made threatening remarks,” but police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck did not elaborate as to what the remarks were.


Business Insider reports:

The Secret Service issued a statement Wednesday morning saying they had received a tip about Moles from a “concerned citizen” as well as hotel staff. Officers reportedly found a “semi-automatic assault-style rifle and a handgun in the individual’s vehicle.”

Police had been told Moles had a Glock 23 pistol and a Carbon 15 Bushmaster rifle, the incident report said. Officers saw one of the guns in his car and found a second firearm in the glove compartment.

Moles also had 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and 60 .223-caliber rounds, the report said. He was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possessing unregistered ammunition, the document said.

Police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal had no information about an attorney for Moles.

Trump’s hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, housed in a landmark former post office, has become a focal point for protests against the Republican president since he took office in January.

According to the Edinboro Police Chief Jeff Craft, Moles does not have a criminal record and was not previously on the police radar.  I would say he just earned himself a blimp on their surveillances from now on, whether he ends up in jail or not.

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