Pros­e­cu­tor: Hayat had a sui­cide plot

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

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.

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