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Bill Nelson calls for explanation of MacDill trespassing

TAMPA — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants to know how a homeless woman was able to sneak into MacDill Air Force Base four times.

A day after the incidents were first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, a spokesman for Nelson said the senator has asked the Air Force for an explanation and a briefing on base security.

"We want to know how it happened and what's being done to make sure it doesn't happen again," said spokesman Ryan Brown.

Suzanne M. Jensen, 50, told officials that she once sneaked onto the base by turning a garbage can upside down and using it to climb a wall. She stayed on the base for days at a time, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jensen was cited by MacDill officials and ultimately charged with four trespassing counts and possession of a stolen military ID.

She has a history of sneaking onto military installations and pleaded guilty in August 2012 after trespassing at Fort Myer in Virginia.

She was also charged with two federal trespass counts in North Carolina in 2007, although it is unclear if she was arrested for entering a military installation. Her address at the time was listed as general delivery at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Charles Scudder can be reached at or (813) 225-3111.

Bill Nelson calls for explanation of MacDill trespassing 07/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:09pm]
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