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Woman accused of MacDill trespass entered Colorado's Fort Carson

Suzanne Jensen is being held at the Pinellas County Jail.
Suzanne Jensen is being held at the Pinellas County Jail.
Published Aug. 9, 2013

TAMPA — The homeless woman accused of sneaking into MacDill Air Force Base four times since 2012 managed to get onto yet another military base when she entered Fort Carson in Colorado on July 29, a base spokeswoman said Thursday.

Suzanne M. Jensen, 50, showed a driver's license and got into the Army base in Colorado Springs, said Dani Johnson, a spokeswoman for Fort Carson.

Jensen then visited the recruiting office for the 10th Special Forces Group on the base and asked personnel there a series of odd questions, said Johnson.

"The questions were suspicious," said Johnson, who did not provide further details on the queries.

So security officers ran a background check and discovered a federal warrant for Jensen's arrest on charges related to MacDill, which includes four counts of trespassing on a military installation, Johnson said. The sheriff's office was called. Jensen was arrested and eventually returned to Florida.

Johnson said Fort Carson, home to 26,000 Army troops, is an "open base," which means a military identification is not necessary to gain entry.

Jensen is being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail pending an Aug. 21 hearing in federal court regarding her mental competency. A prosecutor said it was possible Jensen did not understand legal proceedings against her.

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