Albuquerque dealt with its own serial bomber in 2016

Albuquerque, N.M. —

As police in Austin, Texas, are searching for a serial bomber, it brings back an all too familiar scene in Albuquerque.

In 2016, Albuquerque police looked for a person who they said placed several bombs in businesses across the city.

Detectives said David Hickman caused several fires after he placed improvised explosive devices, IEDs, in various businesses including Starbucks, Carlisle Condominiums and Barnes and Noble.

“I would consider Mr. Hickman a serial bomber,” said APD Bomb Sgt. Carlos Gallegos. “He set off a series of IEDs throughout the city of Albuquerque over a small time frame. All the IEDs were built in a very similar fashion and they all targeted very similar businesses.”

In total, Hickman caused $10 million worth of damage. But unlike the serial bomber in Austin, Hickman did not target people.

APD said when they come across a suspicious device or a confirmed explosive device, they have a series of steps they take to render the device safe and make sure no one gets hurt. But APD needs your help spotting those suspicious packages.

“Looking for something that doesn’t belong, something that obviously is not a piece of debris, trash, something that may appear that it was intentionally placed,” said Gallegos. “You can tell the difference between somebody’s trash, something that maybe the wind blew into your front yard versus something that was intentionally placed there.”

He said most importantly trust your gut instinct.

APD’s bomb squad is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sgt. Gallegos said never hesitate to call 911 if your gut is telling you something does not seem right.

“We would much rather come out on 100 false calls before one person gets hurt,” said Gallegos.

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