US police arrested a man at a Trump-branded hotel in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, carrying guns in his car, including an assault rifle, preventing “a potential catastrophe,” authorities said.
Alerted by authorities in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, police officers from Washington D.C. arrested Brian Moles, aged 43, a native of that state, at Trump International Hotel, an establishment that President Donald Trump sometimes visited. The White House is only a few yards from the hotel.
They found in his vehicle, which was in the garage of the establishment, an AR-15 assault rifle, a 40-caliber handgun, and ammunition, said D.C. police chief Peter Newsham.
The city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, described in the same press conference a “disturbing incident” which was however solved “quickly and peacefully”.
The Secret Service confirmed Mr. Moles’s arrest for “illegal possession of firearms”.