Man with assault rifle arrested at Trump hotel

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Washington, June 1 (IANS) A man with an assault rifle and automatic pistol in his car has been arrested at US President Donald Trump’s namesake hotel here, averting a “potential disaster”, officials said.

“I was very concerned about this circumstance and I believe the officers and our federal partners, and in particular the tipster, averted a potential disaster here in our nation’s capital,” District of Columbia police chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference on Wednesday, Efe news reported.

Police officers acted after receiving a call from a tipster, who said that the man — identified as Pennsylvania physician Bryan Moles — was driving to the Trump hotel with an assault rifle and ammunition.

Police intercepted Moles and saw a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle in plain view inside his vehicle, later finding a Glock 23 pistol in the glove compartment along with, reportedly, about 90 rounds of ammunition.

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According to the authorities, Moles, 43, is an emergency room physician living in Ediboro, Pennsylvania. Police arrested him in his hotel room and charged him with possessing weapons without a license and unregistered ammunition.

Newsham confirmed that the tip had come from a Pennsylvania security agency, which warned that Moles had made threatening statements, although he did not provide any further details.

The Trump International Hotel is located on heavily-travelled Pennsylvania Avenue.

Trump inaugurated the hotel last year when he was a Republican candidate for the White House, just a few days before the November election, in which he defeated his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.



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