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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Man Who Had Pipe Bombs in Downtown Denver Hotel Pleads Guilty

Defendant possessed unregistered firearm

DENVER – Adam Nauveed Hayat, age 36, of Denver, Colorado, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to three counts of possessing unregistered firearms, after being caught possessing pipe bombs in Downtown Denver hotel, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers, ATF Denver Field Division Special Agent in Charge Debbie Livingston and Denver Police Department Chief Robert White announced.  Hayat was charged by criminal complaint on February 16, 2017, and was subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury on March 15, 2017.  He pled guilty to an Information today.  The defendant, who appeared at the change of plea hearing in custody, was remanded at its conclusion.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Jackson on August 14, 2018. 

According to court documents, on February 15, 2017, personnel from the Sheraton Hotel located at 1550 Court Place contacted the Denver Police Department to report a suspicious incident.  Upon arriving, the Denver Police Department (DPD) went to room 1902 and found the word “explosives” written on the closet door mirror.  The officer then opened the closet, opened the safe, and found a closed ammunition case.  Also found in the hotel room were several metal pipes and empty rifle shell casings.  The DPD officer immediately contacted their bomb squad.  The DPD Bomb Squad carefully examined the ammunition case and found pipe bombs.  The Bomb Squad  safely removed the ammunition case from the hotel room and transported it to their bomb range, where they rendered it safe.

It was determined during the course of the investigation that Adam Nauveed Hayat rented room 1902 at the downtown Denver Sheraton Hotel.  An arrest warrant was issued first by the Denver Police Department and then later by federal authorities.  He was located and arrested at a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport.

This case was investigated by the FBI, ATF, and the Denver Police Department.  The Los Angeles Police Department, as well as personnel from the FBI and ATF Los Angeles were involved in 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. 

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CASE NUMBER: 17-cr-0075
Updated May 24, 2018