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The tip received by police was vague, but potentially dire: a Pennsylvania physician was on his way to the nation's capital with a carload of weapons, planning to visit the president.

A Washington D.C. superior court judge temporarily agreed Thursday to release Bryan Moles, 43, the Pennsylvania man who was arrested for bringing high-powered weapons and ammunitions, including an assault rifle, a Glock and a Carbin 15 Bushmaster to President Donald Trump's International Hotel in Washington D.C. and wanted to meet the president, according to authorities. Federal prosecutors were asking that Moles be held until that court appearance. The D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, said in a news conference on Wednesday that he was arrested without incident or the usage of force.

The acquaintance alerted Pennsylvania police about Moles' voicemails and provided him with a description of Moles and his black 2017 BMW. Police also said they found a hospital identification card with Moles' name and picture and learned later that Moles works as a physician at a hospital.

Police responded to the hotel around 1:50 a.m. after they received a tip from the Pennsylvania Police Department about an armed man heading to the Trump Hotel. He said that he had post-traumatic stress disorder related to his time in the military, but wasn't taking his medication because it made him suicidal.

Officers arrested Moles without incident, charging him with carrying a pistol without a license, carrying a unsafe weapon, and carrying unregistered ammunition.

A "heavily armed" guest staying at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC was arrested with police saying it had "averted a potential disaster".

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The Secret Service is also tasked with protecting the vice president and family, as well as former USA heads of state and their relatives, visiting dignitaries and any other individual designated by the president. Officials described Moles as cooperative with the investigation.

Police would later find an AR-15 style assault rifle, a Glock handgun and 90 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle.

Posts on Moles' Facebook page indicate he's a Trump supporter. 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", Dr. Moles liked the comment. Lisa DellaRatta, a nurse practitioner in Florida, said she's known him for more than 25 years and used to live with him.

"Dr. Moles is a father of two, a 14-year veteran of the Navy and eight-year reservist who has multiple marksmanship ribbon awards", Ohm said, arguing that his client was neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk and should be released. She added that Moles "cannot be a more standup man".

She attributed the gun-carrying to their upbringing in the Lake Erie area of Pennsylvania, where guns were prevalent. The doctor lives in Edinboro, Pennsylvania which is located approximately 350 miles from Washington.

A spokeswoman at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre system said he had been placed on administrative leave there some time before Wednesday's arrest.

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