A Pennsylvania man arrested at Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., after a military-style rifle was found in his vehicle was ordered released from detention yesterday despite having said that he came to the capital with guns and ammunition to meet with President Trump, the Washington Post reports. Court documents say Bryan Moles, 43, arrived with an AR-15 rifle, a handgun and more than 90 rounds of ammunition and had survival gear intending to stay until he met Trump to bring down “big pharmacy and big business medicine.” Moles was arrested in his hotel room Wednesday when police said he made statements referring to deadly bombings in the 1990s at the federal building in Oklahoma City and at the Olympics in Atlanta.
Magistrate Judge Joseph Beshouri ordered Moles to stay overnight at an undisclosed hotel, under guard and confined to his room pending a federal court hearing scheduled for today. Moles is barred from going near the White House and the Trump hotel and must surrender the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, a handgun found in his vehicle and other weapons that were at his home, located near Lake Erie. Moles, 43, a licensed physician and former Navy corpsman, drove to Washington from his home 100 miles north of Pittsburgh in a black 2017 BMW loaded with ammunition, batteries, multiple cellphones and survival supplies, a court document states. Prosecutors said he invoked the memories of domestic bombers Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City in 1995 and Eric Rudolph in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996.