Man arrested at Trump hotel after Bushmaster AR-15 rifle found in vehicle, D.C. police say

A Pennsylvania man was arrested early Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel in Washington after officers allegedly found a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-style weapon and dozens of rounds of ammunition in his vehicle.

Authorities say officers acted on a tip about 1:50 a.m. and saw the weapon in plain view in the vehicle, which had been turned in to a hotel valet by the driver. A Glock 23 was also found in the glove box, police said, along with 30 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition and 60 rounds of .23 caliber ammunition.

Bryan Moles, 43, of Edinboro, Pa., was arrested in his room at the hotel in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, five blocks from the White House. Police said he was charged with possession of firearms without a license and illegal possession of ammunition.

A person who identified herself as a relative of Moles and lives in Sagertown, Pa, about 18 miles from Edinboro, declined to comment when reached by phone. Edinboro is a small town of about 6,700 people about 25 miles south of Erie.

Dustin Sternbeck, the chief spokesman for D.C. police, said the tip came from an out-of-state law enforcement agency, which said “that he had made threatening remarks.” Sternbeck said he could not immediately characterize those remarks.