A potential national crisis was averted this afternoon in Washington D.C. as Pennsylvanian Bryan Moles was taken into custody for hiding unauthorized firearms in his vehicle outside the Trump International Hotel.
According to authorities, Moles is cooperating well and undergoing interviews, but his motives have not been revealed. There is currently no evidence that Moles intended to threaten the President, but an anonymous source reported to Secret Services early this morning that he was a possible threat.
The tipster reported that Moles, a physician from Edinboro, Pennsylvania, was armed and on his way to check into the Trump Hotel. Police officers told CBS that the suspect was allegedly referencing Timothy McVeigh through voicemails and texts exchanged with this secret informant.
The local police department has taken over the investigation and is looking deeper into this mention of such a bad name with the Secret Service. McVeeigh charged with terrorism for his bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, McVeigh was executed for killing 168 people and destroying government property. Associations with such a man and his intentions are under question.
Authorities expressed gratitude for the undercover informant. Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, stated in a news conference after the arrest:
“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.”
No one was harmed in the detention of Moles. He checked into the hotel at around 1 a.m., and officers were sent to scope out the scene. With the help of the Trump Hotel Security, they discovered Moles’ car, where they discovered a Glock 23 pistol along with a Bushmaster assault-style rifle and plenty of ammunition.
According to the police report, one of the guns rested “in plain view,” while the other was tucked away in the glove compartment of the vehicle. After seizing his weapons, police officers found Moles in his room and placed him under arrest.
Moles faces charges now for the harboring of unregistered ammunition as well as the unlicensed carrying of a pistol. A special agent for the Secret Service Michael Ball reported that at the time Moles “posed no threat to any Secret Service protectees.”
The FBI responded to the initial report of suspicion, but it appears they have left the job primarily to Washington Police.
Citizens can rest assured that the crisis has been averted and the city of Washington D.C adverted some horrific event.
Credit: CBS News