At a news conference, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said his department, as well as the Secret Service, received information from the Pennsylvania State Police at about 12:30 a.m. that a tipster had reported that Moles was traveling to the Trump Hotel in Washington, armed with weapons and ammunition.
Bryan Moles and his attorney leave D.C. Superior Court on June 1, 2017, after the Pennsylvania man was arraigned on charges that police found a cache of weapons in his vehicle at the Trump International Hotel. He is expected to make an initial court appearance Thursday. However, he is listed on a Blue Cross Blue Shield website as an emergency room doctor for UPMC Horizon in Farrell. Moles also agreed to temporarily give up access to weapons at his home in Pennsylvania.
Moles appeared before a judge in DC Superior Court, where criminal cases under DC law are heard.
The documents describe Moles as a recovering alcoholic and marijuana addict suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Officers arrested Moles without incident, charging him with carrying a pistol without a license, carrying a risky weapon, and carrying unregistered ammunition.
In addition to approving Itoh as the defendant's court-appointed counsel, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather released Moles on the condition that he check in regularly with authorities in Georgia, and undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment. But Deputy Special Agent Michael Ball said the Secret Service had determined Moles "posed no threat" to any of the people the Secret Service protects, which includes presidents and vice presidents and their families, former presidents and visiting foreign dignitaries.
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Moles was arrested on May 31 after police received a tip that the Pennsylvania veteran was heading to Washington "to get close to President Trump", with "a auto full of ammunition, survival supplies, batteries, and multiple cell phones", according to the affidavit in support of his arrest on Wednesday.
Officials described Moles as co-operative with the investigation.
"If you had to choose between a Hilton Hotel and a Trump hotel, which would you choose and why?" - a Facebook post by the armed doctor last week read. "The dark side wants to disarm the public so they can ... just walk through any resistance to their fascist thought police".
"Dr. Moles is a father of two, a 14-year veteran of the Navy and eight-year reservist who has multiple marksmanship ribbon awards", Ohm said, arguing that his client was neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk and should be released. Lisa DellaRatta, a nurse practitioner in Florida, said she's known him for more than 25 years and used to live with him. She called him a "standup man". He also said that he owns over 20 guns at his home and had experience with explosives and pipe bombs, but "hadn't messed around with them in years".
Dr. Bryan Moles was placed on administrative leave from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center shortly after his arrest.
His hometown of Edinboro is about 350 miles from Washington.
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