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Monday, March 20, 2017

Adam Hayat to Appear in Federal Court

Defendant formally charged by federal grand jury in Denver

UPDATE:  March 20, 2017 at 3:15 p.m.  Adam Hayat appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver.  He was advised by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty of the charge contained in the recently returned indictment, as well as the penalty associated with that charge.  During the hearing Hayat was represented by a member of the Federal Public Defender's Office.  He is due next in court on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., also before Magistrate Judge Hegarty.  The purpose of the Thursday hearing is to determine the status of his detention.  He will also be arraigned, where he will enter a plea.


Hayat currently faces one count of Possession of Firearms Not Registered With the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (aka pipe bombs).  If convicted the defendant faces not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.




DENVER – Adam Hayat is scheduled to have his first court appearance in Colorado this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty at the Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Courtroom 501. He will be advised of the charges contained in a recently obtained indictment.


A federal grand jury in Denver late last week returned a one count indictment charging Adam Nauveed Hayat, age 35, of Denver, with one count of possession of a firearm (a destructive device) not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. If convicted, he faces not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. The announcement was made by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the ATF, FBI, and the Denver Police Department.


He was arrested in Los Angeles after making and leaving the destructive devices at the downtown Denver Sheraton Hotel before fleeing. The Denver Police Department’s Bomb Squad carefully removed the devices, ultimately rendering them safe.


This investigation was conducted by the FBI, ATF and the Denver Police Department. The Los Angeles Police Department, as well as the Los Angeles FBI and ATF were involved with the arrest.


The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Smith, Chief of the Cybercrime and National Security Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Martinez both with the Colorado’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.


The charge contained in the indictment is an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 20, 2017