Prosecutor: Hayat had a suicide plot
A former Marine accused of stashing six pipe bombs in his downtown Denver hotel room told investigators he had planned to strap the explosives to his waist and blow himself up in Pueblo, a federal prosecutor said in court Thursday.
Adam Nauveed Hayat, 36, reported buying materials to make the bombs at Walmart and Home Depot, Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Martinez said, and had also tried, but failed, to buy guns at a Bass Pro Shops store in Stapleton.
“These were homemade pipe bombs,” Martinez told Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty in arguing that Hayat be held pending trial. “And they have been determined to be devices that were capable of exploding. … These were items that he admitted to making.”
Hayat, through his public defender, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of a firearm (a destructive device) not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He was indicted on the charge last week.
Thursday’s court testimony did not make clear whether Hayat had plans to harm others with the explosives, although prosecutors noted that the attempted purchase of guns, coupled with the bombs, suggested — at least — that he is a danger to the community. Authorities did not elaborate on why Hayat planned to detonate himself in Pueblo.
Robert Pepin, Hayat’s attorney, said Hayat suffers from significant mental illness and should be moved to a halfway house so he can get care. He said Hayat has no criminal history and left the pipe bombs in his room at the Sheraton Denver Downtown as an attempt to change his plans and safely dispose of the explosives.
“There’s no indication that he’s done anything associated with violence except for going to Iraq with the Marines,” Pepin said.
Hegarty expressed frustration at the lack of options to treat Hayat — calling them “terrible” — while he is in federal detention, ultimately deciding, however, that Hayat should be incarcerated to prevent risk to the public and to himself. The judge left the door open to reconsider the ruling in the future.
“I only have bad options,” Hegarty said, “so I’m going to take what I think is a least bad option.”
Hegarty told Hayat he appreciated his service — to which Hayat responded, “Thank you” — and said he believed the former Marine is suffering from “serious mental illness.”
The explosives were discovered Feb. 15 after police 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.