Crime

Trump Hotel Guest Arrested For Weapons In Vehicle

| by Alex Scarr

A man was arrested outside a Trump-owned hotel May 30 after police spotted a gun lying in plain view inside his car.

Pennsylvania man Bryan Moles, 43, was arrested inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in the early morning hours of May 30 after police received a tip about a gun sitting inside a car, according to WJLA. Moles was a guest at the hotel and was detained.

Local police searched the vehicle and found the gun, as well as another gun located in the glove box and more than 90 rounds of ammunition. Moles told police that he was a military veteran and that he suffered from PTSD. He also noted that he enjoys staying at the D.C. hotel because he "likes President Trump," and it was not clear if Moles had intended any violence.

Moles was charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, which is illegal in D.C. Moles was in possession of two illegal guns: a Glock 23 pistol and a Bushmaster assault-style rifle.

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"We take the safety and security of guests very seriously. It is our first priority," read a statement from Trump International.

"This morning, the authorities arrested a guest who was behaving suspiciously. The matter is under investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate for us to provide additional details. Please refer your inquiry to the investigating authorities."

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is just two blocks away from the White House. 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.

Pennsylvania police received a tip about a possibility of weapons in Moles' vehicle before Moles drove to the D.C. area, alerting local authorities of the potential danger, according to WTTG. Moles checked into the hotel around 1 a.m. and police promptly ran an explosive test of his vehicle and then observed the weapons inside.

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"We say it all the time. The best way to prevent a disaster is when you see something to say something. And I think this illustrates how ‘see something say something’ actually works," said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.

Newsham also said that there is currently not enough evidence to charge Moles with making threats, and could not clarify what the original tip to the Pennsylvania police was. He did call the circumstances "very peculiar" and made clear that they "averted potential disaster" by working with local police and following the original tip.

Sources: WJLA, TMZ, WTTG / Photo credit: Ted Eytan/Flickr

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