A Pennsylvania man was arrested early Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, authorities said, after police found a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-style weapon and dozens of rounds of ammunition in his vehicle.
Officers acted on a tip at about 1:50 a.m. and saw the weapon in plain view in the vehicle, which the driver had given to a hotel valet, police said. A Glock 23 handgun was found in the glove box, police said, along with 30 rounds of 7.62-millimeter ammunition and 60 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition.
Authorities would not say what they believe prompted the man, Bryan Moles, 43, a former Navy corpsman, to make the drive to the District or what they think he intended to do. A friend of Moles for 25 years described him as a hard-core supporter of President Trump who grew up with and owns weapons and might have been unaware of the District’s strict gun laws.
Police said the tipster had provided information that Moles made threatening remarks. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham would not characterize the remarks and said at a news conference that authorities “don’t have enough information right now to charge him with making threats.”
The chief thanked the tipster, whose identity was not revealed, for bringing a “potential tragic situation to a peaceful end.” Newsham added, “We’re going to do a thorough investigation into motive. I was very concerned about these circumstances.”