Was someone planning a mass public shooting at one of President Donald Trump’s hotels? Police are still investigating, but with all the information available thus far, it’s hard not to think the worst intentions were at play.According to People Magazine, police in Washington, D.C., arrested a man Wednesday morning who allegedly brought an assault rifle, a handgun, and 90 rounds of ammunition to the Trump International Hotel, where he had booked a room, officials said at a press conference.
Bryan Moles, 43, of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, was arrested in his hotel room and charged with possession of fire arms without a license and illegal possession of ammunitions, according to investigators.It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. PEOPLE was unable to reach any of his relatives.
Police allegedly found the two guns and dozens of bullets in Moles’ car, which he had left with the hotel’s valets.
A tip allegedly led investigators to Moles: Someone in Pennsylvania called 911 to report Moles was allegedly headed to the nation’s capital with two guns.At 12:30 a.m., the Pennsylvania State Police alerted their counterparts in Washington, who teamed with the Secret Service and rushed to the hotel where they quickly found Moles’ vehicle. On the front passenger seat in full view was a Bushmaster AR-15 assault weapon sitting in the vehicle. Police later found a Glock 23 in the glove compartment with 30 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition and 60 rounds of .23 caliber ammunition.
BREAKING: Man arrested inside Trump Hotel in DC on weapons charges. Police found an assault rifle, Glock handgun, and ammo inside his car. pic.twitter.com/Rh7jy5iIXg
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) May 31, 2017
Thus far, Mole has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $12,500. Given D.C.’s strict gun laws, it’s likely the charges will be near the maximum.
According to D.C.’s police chief, it’s still unclear “why Moles had the weaponry or why he was staying at the Trump property.” Surprisingly, there were some anti-Hillary Clinton posts on Mole’s Facebook page, leading some to believe that he’s a Trump supporter himself. ABC7 reported that, “Moles reportedly told police he is a military veteran and suffers from PTSD and that he stayed at the hotel because he likes President Trump. It’s unclear if he posed any threat.”
What the heck was he planning? That’s still anyone’s guess…[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]