Man at Trump hotel mentioned McVeigh in message

Carla Harmon
June 2, 2017

A physician who was arrested at the Trump International Hotel with guns and ammunition left a message for an acquaintance saying he had survival supplies, multiple cellphones and that his auto resembled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh "going on a camping trip", according to charging documents. Moles also agreed to temporarily give up access to weapons at his home in Pennsylvania.

Moles is charged with carrying a handgun without a license and possession of unregistered ammunition. As a condition of his release, Moles must stay away from the White House and the Trump International Hotel, where he stayed the night of his arrest, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Joseph Beshouri said at Thursday's hearing.

A doctor with an assault-style rifle and a handgun told an acquaintance he was driving to see U.S. president Donald Trump and had survival supplies, mobile phones and enough ammunition to make his auto resemble Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh "on a camping trip", according to court documents.

The judge had recessed in order to read up on the case and the federal statutes, which Assistant US Attorney Michael Friedman had initially argued should be used to keep Moles behind bars.

The charging document said that Moles left voice mails with an "acquaintance" before arriving in D.C. and said he was heading to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and would stay until he met with Trump.


Ohm told the judge that Moles is a father of two children and a Navy veteran and reservist who had no previous run-ins with the law.

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

The charging documents indicate that Moles placed calls with an acquiantance and said he was a "refugee intent on bringing down big pharmacy and big business medicine", ABC News reports.

He also made mention of Olympic Park Bomber Eric Rudolph, who was convicted of perpetrating multiple acts of domestic terrorism.

Hotel spokeswoman Patricia Tang said in a statement that "authorities arrested a guest who was behaving suspiciously", but referred further questions to authorities.


He left 4.19 dollars in his account, corresponding to the date of McVeigh's bombing of a government building on April 19 1995, which killed 168 people.

Moles, 43, checked into the hotel about 30 minutes later, Newsham said.

Police found a handgun, a high powered assault rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle, and was then promptly arrested.

Newsham declined to comment on what may have motivated Moles.

"I haven't talked to anybody in two days, sir", Moles said just before the hearing concluded.


In October 2016, Moles renewed his medical license, but the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told ABC News that he was on administrative leave before the hotel incident.

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