Early Wednesday morning, D.C. Police and Secret Service agents arrested a man at Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. who was “behaving suspiciously” and illegally had in his possession an assault rifle, handgun and 90 rounds of ammunition. In a press conference Wednesday, the D.C. Police chief said authorities had “averted a potential disaster in our nation’s capital.”
NBC Washington reports that Bryan Moles, 43, of Edinboro Pennsylvania, was arrested inside Trump International Hotel just after 1 a.m. Wednesday after both local police and Secret Service had received a tip that Moles was “a potential threat against Secret Service protectees.”
Police say Moles had in his possession a Glock 23 pistol without a license, a Carbon Bushmaster assault rifle, and 90 rounds of unregistered ammunition.
“The officers and our federal partners, and in particular the tipster coming forward, averted a potential disaster in our nation’s capital,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said Wednesday.
In a statement, the Secret Service said both the agency and the D.C. Police had acted on a “report of a potential threat against Secret Service protectees,” though NBC notes that they “soon determined that protectees were never at risk.”
NBC provides more details about what led to the arrest:
D.C. police and the U.S. Secret Service “almost simultaneously” received information about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday from Pennsylvania State Police that a man was traveling to D.C., possibly to Trump International Hotel, armed with weapons, Newsham said at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Pennsylvania police received the information via a tip and shared it quickly, Newsham said.
D.C. police and the Secret Service responded and contacted hotel security, who found the suspect’s vehicle in the parking garage. Police found one of the guns in plain view inside the suspect’s car; the other was found in the glove compartment.
Moles was arrested soon after checking himself into Trump International Hotel, where, according to a statement issued by the hotel, he was “behaving suspiciously.”
This article has been updated as more details have emerged.