Grand jury in­dicts man in Den­ver pipe bomb scare

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

Adam Nau­veed Hayat, ac­cused of plac­ing sev­eral pipe bombs in his ho­tel room at the Sher­a­ton Den­ver Down­town, has been in­dicted by a grand jury and ap­peared in court Mon­day.

The 36-year-old, in hand­cuffs and shack­les, was or­dered held pending a de­ten­tion hear­ing Thurs­day. He was rep­re­sented by a pub­lic de­fender in Den­ver fed­eral court be­fore Mag­is­trate Judge Michael E. He­garty.

“We do view Mr. Hayat both as a risk of flight and as a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity,” said As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Ju­lia Martinez.

Hayat did not speak dur­ing the brief hear­ing, al­though, as he was be­ing led from the court­room, he asked a group of re­porters in the gallery if they were law students.

“Just cu­ri­ous,” he said while be­ing es­corted away by two U.S. Mar­shals.

Bureau of Pris­ons records show Hayat is be­ing held at a fed­eral fa­cil­ity in En­gle­wood. He was in­dicted late last week on one count of pos­ses­sion of a firearm (a de­struc­tive de­vice) not reg­is­tered to him in the Na­tional Firearms Reg­is­tra­tion and Trans­fer Record.

The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in Colorado says the charge car­ries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The ex­plo­sives — six sus­pected pipe bombs — were dis­cov­ered Feb. 15 af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers found the word “ex­plo­sives” writ­ten on the closet door mir­ror of Hayat’s ho­tel room. Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties say Hayat was rent­ing room 1902 at the Sher­a­ton.

Po­lice were called and the ex­plo­sives were found af­ter ho­tel staff stum­bled upon a “sus­pi­cious in­ci­dent.”

Ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral crim­i­nal com­plaint for Hayat, the sus­pected bombs — in two metal pipes and four gray-col­ored polyvinyl chlo­ride (PVC) pipes — were in an am­mu­ni­tion can in the room’s safe.

The com­plaint says each of the sus­pected bombs had white, black and gray “gran­u­lar ma­te­rial” that burned and spo­rad­i­cally sparked dur­ing a flame test at the Den­ver po­lice bomb range.

Hayat was ar­rested Feb. 16 in Los An­ge­les — near that city’s air­port — with­out in­ci­dent. The bombs were dis­posed of, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say.

The crim­i­nal com­plaint does not pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on why Hayat al­legedly had the pipe bombs in his ho­tel room, which was strewn with empty ri­fle shell cas­ings and sev­eral metal pipes.

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