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Centaurus HS pipe bomb suspect named, will be charged as adult

Bomb squad outside Centaurus H.S. in Lafayette, Colo

A bomb squad investigates outside Centaurus High School in Lafayette on May 13, 2013.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — The 16-year-old accused of leaving a pipe bomb-like device near Centaurus High School in Lafayette will be charged as an adult, the Boulder County District Attorney revealed at a Friday morning hearing.

Andrew de Bartolome is that suspect, and saw his name revealed because he is being charged as an adult. Police say de Bartolome left an “unsophisticated” device “similar to a pipe bomb” outside the high school on May 13, causing the evacuation of students and staff.

After searching the home de Bartolome shares with his adoptive parents, police found additional explosive devices.

De Bartolome was charged with building a device with explosive materials and attempted murder. Both charges are Class 2 felonies.

At Friday morning’s hearing, the Boulder Country District Attorney’s office requested de Bartolome be held on $750,000 bail, mostly citing the two felony counts.

“The people are concerned with his intent and his ability to cause harm,” a prosecutor argued. “Other items were found and he had a larger plan.”

The defense argued that $750,000 was extreme, calling de Bartolome “a 16-year-old boy who has never been in trouble and has never seen the inside of a courtroom since he was adopted at age 2.”

The judge in the case settled on $100,000 bond, ordered de Bartolome to a six to 10 week therapeutic wilderness camp in Utah and scheduled a motions hearing for Aug. 1.