Man arrested in Trump Hotel with assault rifle, handgun and ammo hours after comedian holds President’s fake bloodied head
A man has been arrested at the Trump Hotel – with an assault rifle, Glock handgun and ammo in his car.
It comes just hours after a comedian apologised for being seen holding the fake bloodied head of the US President in a photograph.
There is no suggestion that the two events are directly linked. It’s not known if the US President was at the hotel at the time of the arrest, which is close to the White House.
Washington ABC7 is reporting that the man who was arrested was staying at the hotel.
He was held after the guns were found inside his car, according to a police report.
It names the man as 43-year-old Bryan Moles of Edinboro, Pennsylvania – a small town of population circa 6,700 people.
ABC7 reports that the gun was left “in plain view inside his car”.
The rifle was said to be a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-style weapon.
Authorities added that they also found another weapon in the glove compartment – and 90 rounds of ammo.
Police sources told The Washington Post that officers were acting on a ‘tip-off’.
There are unconfirmed reports in various media that police sources have revealed Moles was ‘making threatening remarks’.
Moles has been charged with carrying a pistol without a licence.
The hotel is about five blocks from the White House – and Moles is understood to have been arrested in one the rooms.
This lunchtime President Trump blasted the comedian Kathy Griffin on Twitter, saying that she “should be ashamed of herself” for holding a prop of his bloodied severed head during a photoshoot.
He said his children, especially his 11-year-old son Barron, were “having a hard time with this”.
Trump denounced the stunt as simply: “Sick!”
MirrorOnline reported earlier that Griffin had apologised for the photo, which had been widely distributed on social media.
Griffin said: “I sincerely apologise. I’m just now seeing the reaction of these images.
“I’m a comic, I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far.