ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man accused of firebombing the Old Navy appeared in federal court Wednesday morning. For the first time he was publicly linked to the string of other fires around the city including The Carlisle building in Nob Hill.
The judge decided David Hickman is a danger to the community and a flight risk so he’ll stay behind bars until his trial.
The state argued he could strike again and that he is a danger to the community and to responding police officers and firefighters. The state also linked Hickman to the $9 million Carlisle fire, the overnight attacks on three Starbucks, a Barnes and Noble and a pro-life ministry all last week.
Police arrested him after he drove away from the Old Navy and say they found guns, ammo, explosive materials and mason jars that our sources tell us were filled with gasoline.
They are waiting on more evidence and lab reports to charge him with the other crimes.
The defense asked the judge to release Hickman to a halfway house so he could get counseling. His defense argued Hickman is a lifetime Albuquerque resident and would be under strict monitoring with a GPS tracker.
Again the judge denied the defenses request for release. She also cited five prior failures to appear in other minor cases.