Doctor in Trump Hotel case released but due back in court


The father of two is facing federal weapons charges, including unlawful possession and unlawful transport of a firearm, after local police found him at the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday.

A man with an assault rifle and automatic pistol in his auto has been arrested at US President Donald Trump's namesake hotel here, averting a "potential disaster", officials said.

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".

Charging documents filed Thursday say the doctor with an assault-style rifle and a handgun told an acquaintance that he was driving to see the president and that he had survival supplies, multiple cellphones and enough ammunition to make his vehicle resemble Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh "on a camping trip". He was not licensed to carry a gun in the District of Columbia.

Although authorities say Moles resides in Edindboro, Pennsylvania, his state medical license lists a Greenville, Pa. address. 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.

Prosecutors said that while they did not have enough evidence to charge Moles with making threats, his alleged crimes were "committed under concerning circumstances".

Moles will be charged with possessing a pistol and ammunition without a permit.

When Meriweather questioned the suspect about his assets, tyring to determine if he qualifies for a court-appointed attorney, Moles said he had been suspended from his job.

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Defendants typically have a right to an initial hearing within 48 hours of arrest and Moles was arrested early Wednesday.

Moles is scheduled to appear in court again on June 22.

Moles' Facebook page is sprinkled with comments and photos indicating support for Trump. He left $4.19 in his account, corresponding to the date of McVeigh's bombing of a federal building on April 19, 1995.

Therefore, he told Moles, "I'm going to release you".

District of Columbia police detectives raided the hotel room where Dr. Moles was staying and found $10,000 inside a safe. They found a rifle in "plain view" in a parked auto, according to a police report provided to dpa. Police seized a Glock 23 pistol, a Bushmaster assault-style rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition.

The court documents describe Moles as a recovering alcoholic and marijuana addict suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In addition to approving Itoh as the defendant's court-appointed counsel, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather released Moles on the condition that he check in regularly with authorities in Georgia, and undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment. Moles served in the reserves until 1996 as part of a surgical battalion.

Though mostly quiet and contemplative in federal court Friday, Moles also smiled and laughed as he talked with his defense attorney, assistant federal public defender Loui Itoh.