Doctor Arrested at Trump Hotel Wanted to Take Down ‘Big Pharmacy,' Meet Trump

Bryan Moles is due in federal court Friday

A Pennsylvania doctor arrested at Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington on gun charges Wednesday was ordered to get a mental evaluation and stay out of D.C. until his next hearing.

Bryan Moles, 43, faces a federal charge of unlawful possession of a gun and a D.C. charge of illegally transporting a gun.

Armed with an assault-style rifle and a handgun, Moles drove to D.C. after telling an acquaintance that he wanted to see the president and that he had survival supplies, multiple cellphones and enough ammunition to make his car resemble Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh "on a camping trip," according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

The documents say Moles wanted to bring down "big pharmacy and big business medicine."

Friday, at his second court appearance in as many days, Moles was allowed to stay out of jail pending his trial -- but he won't go home and can't stay in D.C. Instead, he will stay with a friend in Georgia, and be supervised by a court while there.

The judge also ordered him to report to a local Veterans Administration hospital for mental evaluation and treatment.

Moles also agreed to give up access to weapons at his home in Pennsylvania.

Moles declined to answer most questions from reporters as he was leaving court, but when asked Thursday what he wanted to tell his family, he said that he loved them.

A criminal complaint against Moles describes him as a recovering alcoholic and marijuana addict suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He served in the Navy from 1992 to 2006.


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Before driving to the nation's capital, Moles left voicemails for an acquaintance calling himself "a refugee intent on bringing down big pharmacy and big business medicine," the documents said. He also made mention of Olympic Park Bomber Eric Rudolph, who was convicted of perpetrating multiple acts of domestic terrorism.

Authorities said a tipster contacted them about the messages and they arrested Moles. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said in doing so, they averted a potential tragedy, though the Secret Service said agents interviewed Moles and determined he did not pose a threat. Officials described Moles as cooperative with the investigation.

In Moles' hotel room, investigators found a safe with $10,000 inside, and he told authorities that he'd emptied his bank account "in order to live the life he always wanted before it was too late," according to the charging documents.

He left $4.19 in his account, corresponding to the date of McVeigh's bombing of a federal building on April 19, 1995. The blast killed 168 people. Moles told investigators he once wrote a term paper on McVeigh.

Shortly after Moles checked in to the Trump hotel, authorities located Moles' car, unlocked it and found an assault-style rifle and several magazines with ammunition, as well as rifle accessories and a semi-automatic pistol with six rounds of ammunition in it.

Moles' Facebook page is sprinkled with comments and photos indicating support for Trump. Last week, he posted a question: "If you had to choose between a Hilton Hotel and a Trump hotel, which would you choose and why?" Someone 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." Moles liked the comment.

Moles told police when he was arrested that he had PTSD related to his military service, and that he self-medicates with marijuana. Police found a marijuana vaping device in his hotel bathroom and smelled marijuana there, according to the criminal complaint.

A longtime friend of Moles said "there is absolutely no way'' he was planning violence. Lisa DellaRatta, a nurse practitioner in Florida, said she's known him for more than 25 years and used to live with him. She said Moles "cannot be a more standup man." 

She said guns are prevalent in the rural area near Lake Erie where she and Moles grew up, and he's always owned them.

Pennsylvania records show Moles renewed his license to practice medicine in October 2016. A spokeswoman at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system said he had been placed on administrative leave there some time before Wednesday's arrest.

His hometown of Edinboro is about 350 miles from Washington.

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