Workers cleaning up an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, N. M. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, two days after authorities say an explosive device damaged the shop. The federal authorities charged a man on Monday, using an explosive device to damage of the shop, where a range of local, night fires and acts of vandalism during the busiest shopping weekend of the year also damaged three Starbucks stores, Barnes & Noble and other accommodations in New Mexico’s largest city. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
The workers in the cleaning of a Barnes & Noble store in Albuquerque, N. M. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, two days after authorities say an explosive device damaged the shop. The federal authorities charged a man on Monday, using an explosive device to damage of the shop, where a range of local, night fires and acts of vandalism during the busiest shopping weekend of the year also damaged three Starbucks stores, Barnes & Noble and other accommodations in New Mexico’s largest city. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
Flowers are on the door behind the police tape as plywood covers a broken window, outside on the anti-abortion organization Project Defending Life in Albuquerque, N. M., Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. The FBI has launched an investigation into a fire early Wednesday in the building and is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects who the blaze. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz).
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – Federal authorities charged a man on Monday, using an explosive device to cause damage to an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, where a string night fire and vandalism during the busiest shopping weekend of the year damaged Starbucks stores, Barnes & Noble, and other occasions in New Mexico’s largest city.
Albuquerque police arrested David A. Hickman, 28, early Saturday morning after he drove away from the Albuquerque shopping mall, where an officer on patrol said he had heard “small explosions,” according to a federal criminal complaint. Hickman was transferred to the authority of the federal government that it investigate other local arson and vandalism cases since the beginning of the Wednesday.
Hickman has not been linked in federal documents to the other suspicious fires in Albuquerque, though Albuquerque police chief Gorden Eden said during a press conference at the weekend that the wave of crimes targeting companies, it would end with an arrest, which came the day Hickman was taken into custody.
The federal authorities, meanwhile, have not confirmed which, if any, of the cases are related.
It was not known whether Hickman had obtained a lawyer Monday.
A fire was set at a Barnes & Noble near a mall, the same night as the explosions at the Old Navy store, authorities said. There was water damage in the bookselling retailer’s Albuquerque location, while a hint of smoke remained outside the Old Navy store.
A few mornings earlier, a set of blaze on Project Defending Life, an anti-abortion ministry, damaged the organisation of the chapel and the foyer, while a huge blaze destroys a luxury apartment complex under construction near the University of New Mexico.
The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent its national response team to help with the investigation of the condominium fire that resulted in an estimated $9 million in damages.
On Friday morning, “suspect devices” were three Albuquerque Starbucks coffee shops, with one device, causing minimal damage, the FBI said. What the devices were, is unclear.
The complaint was filed in the Old Navy fire department said that officers discovered an assault rifle, ammunition, and a box with the inscription “Tannerite” in Hickman vehicle with pots with a white substance.
Tannerite is an explosive often used in the goals on a number of shots varies and is created by the combination of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder.
Hickman also had a loaded gun in a holster on his belt and an emergency flare tucked in his waistband, authorities said.
The federal officials didn’t say that in the court documents or they had interviewed Hickman. They also did not a potential motive in the case.
The fire that was in the days before and after Black Friday was a setback for Barnes & Noble and Old Navy. At Barnes & Noble, some booksellers were in the shop Monday to help with cleanup while others were working shifts at a different store in Albuquerque, company spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating told The Associated Press.
She said Barnes & Noble, which is the largest retail bookseller in the US, it would not lay off employees, while it cleans the fire damaged location during the holidays, and no one will lose pay.
A spokesman for the San Francisco-based Gap Inc., the parent company for Old Navy, did not immediately return an e-mail from The Associated Press seeking comment, but the federal complaint said that the Albuquerque store, which was hit early Saturday was expected to make $ 40,000 sales that day. The shop is closed.