Adam Hayat, a 37-year-old former American Marine of Pakistani descent, was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday when explosive devices were discovered in his hotel room back in Colorado.
Hayat was staying at the Denver Sheraton Hotel before departing for California. After he checked out of the Denver hotel, several unexploded pipe bombs were discovered in the safe in his room. The bomb squad was called, and the hotel was forced to evacuate over 20 rooms occupied by guests.
Tracy Blair, a member of the Sheraton Denver management team, released the following statement:
“The team immediately notified the Denver Police Department, and they came to investigate. Within a brief, short amount of time, [guests] were given the all-clear for people to return.”
A former Marine, Hayat served in South Korea, Japan, and Iraq. His father, Sultan Hayat, disclosed that his son is homeless, estranged, and suffers post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder syndrome, and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
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“Police said he had bought some firearms, and they were concerned that he may hurt himself or someone else,” said Sultan Hayat. “I was very surprised.”
Hayat had reportedly been staying at the Sheraton in Denver since December 26, and had run up a bill of $10,000, which was still unpaid.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are gathering intel about Hayat why he had created the bombs, as well as what he was planning to do with them. Hayat will be tried in court in Los Angeles.
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