D.C. Coun­cil mem­ber fined for fail­ing to de­tail con­tri­bu­tions.

Sus­pect had two firearms, am­mu­ni­tion in car

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY RYAN M. MCDER­MOTT Sally Per­sons con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle, which is based in part on wire ser­vice re­ports.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice early Wed­nes­day ar­rested a Penn­syl­va­nia physi­cian at the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel who had two firearms and am­mu­ni­tion in his car, of­fi­cials said.

Work­ing on a tip that a man with gun was driv­ing a car to the Trump ho­tel, po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested Bryan Moles, 43, of Ed­in­boro, Penn­syl­va­nia, around 1 a.m. af­ter he had checked into a room. Of­fi­cers found a Bush­mas­ter as­sault-style ri­fle, a Glock 23 pis­tol and 90 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion in the sus­pect’s car, ac­cord­ing to po­lice charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Chief Peter New­sham said that Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice alerted the D.C. po­lice force around 12:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day to the tip.

D.C. po­lice and the Se­cret Ser­vice alerted ho­tel staffers, who found the sus­pect’s ve­hi­cle in the park­ing garage. Of­fi­cers ar­rested Dr. Moles quickly and with­out in­ci­dent or use of force, Chief New­sham said at a press con­fer­ence at po­lice head­quar­ters.

Dr. Moles was charged with car­ry­ing a hand­gun with­out a li­cense and pos­ses­sion of un­reg­is­tered am­mu­ni­tion. Of­fi­cers said they saw one of the sus­pect’s firearms in plain view in his car.

The Se­cret Ser­vice said in a state­ment: “Early this morn­ing, Spe­cial Agents from the Se­cret Ser­vice Wash­ing­ton Field Of­fice and of­fi­cers from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­gated a re­port of a po­ten­tial threat against Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tectees. The Se­cret Ser­vice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from a con­cerned cit­i­zen and Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel Se­cu­rity staff. An in­di­vid­ual was sub­se­quently lo­cated at the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Agents and of­fi­cers re­cov­ered a semi-au­to­matic as­sault style ri­fle and a hand­gun in the in­di­vid­ual’s ve­hi­cle.”

A Se­cret Ser­vice of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that “at no time were any Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tectees at risk,” de­spite me­dia re­ports ear­lier in the day that Dr. Moles had made threat­en­ing com­ments

Chief New­sham did not say if a mo­tive had been de­ter­mined, say­ing the of­fi­cers did not have enough in­for­ma­tion to charge Dr. Moles with mak­ing threats.

“I was very con­cerned about this cir­cum­stance, a very pe­cu­liar cir­cum­stance. I be­lieve we averted a po­ten­tial dis­as­ter in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal,” the chief said.

Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel is­sued a state­ment say­ing that po­lice had ar­rested “a guest who was be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously” but of­fered no fur­ther de­tails.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called the in­ci­dent “dis­turb­ing” but said the quick ar­rest was largely due to in­ter­state co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the tip­ster, Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice and the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment.

“Today’s in­ci­dent is an im­por­tant re­minder that when you see some­thing, it is im­por­tant to say some­thing to an of­fi­cial,” Miss Bowser said.

Penn­syl­va­nia records show Dr. Moles re­newed his li­cense to prac­tice medicine in Oc­to­ber 2016. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear where he works, The Associated Press re­ported.

He worked at Saint Vin­cent Hos­pi­tal in Erie, Penn­syl­va­nia, un­til late 2013, ac­cord­ing to Dan Lau­rent, a spokesman for Al­legheny Health Net­work.

Dr. Moles served in the Navy from 1992 to 2006 as a hos­pi­tal corps­man, and he was in the re­serves in Erie for the last nine years of his ser­vice. He re­ceived sev­eral hon­ors, in­clud­ing a Navy Re­serve Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal and a Pis­tol Marks­man­ship Rib­bon.

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHO­TO­GRAPHS

A Penn­syl­va­nia man has been ar­rested at the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day af­ter po­lice say they found a ri­fle and hand­gun in his car. Of­fi­cers said they saw one of the sus­pect’s firearms in plain view of his car.

“I be­lieve we averted a po­ten­tial dis­as­ter in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal,” said Wash­ing­ton Po­lice Chief Peter New­sham. He did not say if a mo­tive had been de­ter­mined.

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