Pennsylvania doctor Bryan Moles drove to the Trump International Hotel armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a handgun, and copious amounts of ammunition. The armed doctor said he wanted to see President Donald Trump.
Dr. Bryan Moles was carrying enough ammunition inside his car to resemble either Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh or Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph “going on a camping trip,” according to Washington, D.C. police investigators.
The 43-year-old Pennsylvania doctor drained his bank account before jumping in his car and trying to get to President Trump. Bryan Moles also reportedly told an acquaintance he had gathered up survival gear, a plethora of cellphones, and large amounts of ammunition before driving to the Trump hotel.
Dr. Moles is not licensed to carry a gun in Washington, D.C. and now faces unlawful possession and transportation of a firearm charges. A District of Columbia Superior Court judge released the Pennsylvania doctor from jail on the condition he promised to steer clear of both the White House and Trump International Hotel.
Dr. Bryan Moles is due back in federal court in Washington, D.C. today for a second hearing. He agreed to give up access to the weapons inside his Pennsylvania home temporarily.
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Dr. Moles, a father-of-two, refused to answer most questions posed by journalists after leaving the D.C. Superior Court on Thursday. When reporters asked what he wanted to relay to his family back home in Pennsylvania, Moles replied simply, to tell them that he loved them.
According to court documents, Bryan Moles is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from his stint in the Navy from 1992 to 2006. The Pennsylvania doctor is reportedly a recovering alcoholic and marijuana addict, according to the Daily Mail.
In voicemails left for an acquaintance, Dr. Moles referred to himself as a “refugee” who was determined to bring down “big pharmacy” and “big business medicine.” Washington, D.C. police officials were alerted to Dr. Moles’ plot to go see President Trump via a tip about the voicemail messages. The doctor lives in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, which is located approximately 350 miles from Washington.
District of Columbia police detectives raided the hotel room where Dr. Moles was staying and found $10,000 inside a safe. Dr. Moles told the investigators he took the money from his bank account so he could “live the life he always wanted before it was too late.”
The Pennsylvania doctor left a total of just $4.19 in his bank account. The amount corresponds to the date Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and leaving hundreds more injured on April 19, 1995. Bryan Moles once wrote a term paper about Timothy McVeigh, according to police reports.
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Not long after Dr. Moles checked into Trump International Hotel around 2 a.m. police officers came calling and quickly located the semi-automatic rifle, handgun, and 90 rounds of ammunition for the firearms. Washington, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the arrest of the armed doctor shortly after he arrived at the Trump hotel averted a possible tragedy.
Secret Service interviewed Dr. Noles and reportedly determined he did not pose a threat to the president. The Pennsylvania doctor’s actions after he was taken into custody were described as cooperative by law enforcement officials.
Ironically, the doctor’s Facebook page features both photos and comments which appear to indicate his support for Donald Trump.
“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.
When a commenter replied, “Trump all the way. The dark side wants to disarm the public so they can… just walk through any resistance to their fascist thought police,” Dr. Moles liked the comment.
Lisa DellaRatta is a nurse practitioner who used to live with the Pennsylvania doctor and has known him for more than two decades. She claimed there is “absolutely no way” Moles was really planning to engage in a violent act. She called him a “standup man.” DellaRatta went on to say having guns is common in the rural region of Lake Erie where both she and Moles grew up and added that he has always owned firearms.
Dr. Bryan Moles was placed on administrative leave from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center shortly after his arrest.
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