Man accused of planting explosives in downtown Denver hotel goes before federal judge

Adam Hayat (Photo: Jennifer Silverberg)

DENVER — A man who authorities said left explosive devices in his downtown Denver hotel room went before a federal magistrate judge during his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

Adam Hayat, 35, was arrested in Los Angeles after a flight from Denver following the incident in mid-February.

Prosecutors said his actions led to a Denver Police Department Bomb Squad investigation and lockdown at the Downtown Sheraton (1550 Court Place).

Hayat faces a one-count indictment of possession of a firearm, what prosecutors called a “destructive device.”

Guests were evacuated from the hotel and police were called after the devices were found in Hayat’s room, according to sources close to the investigation.

The sources also said the devices were a type of homemade bombs. The devices did not detonate and no one was injured.

Hayat was arrested a short time after the discovery near Los Angeles International Airport. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Denver and Los Angeles police departments have played roles in the case.

Hayat appeared tired, confused and anxious in his brown prison garb during his court hearing Monday. He has tattoos on his neck and fingers.

A court-appointed attorney will represent him. His next hearing is set for Thursday at 10 a.m.