Grand jury indicts man in Denver pipe bomb scare
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.