A Colorado Springs woman spotted a hidden camera in a smoke detector in the bedroom of a townhome she rented from a Space Force major. Photo Adobe Stock.
A woman who had just moved into a town house in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was lying on her bed and looking at the ceiling when she and her friend noticed something odd: There were two smoke detectors in the room.
Her friend questioned the oddity, so the woman took down the one directly over her bed for inspection.
With a quick search on Google, the woman discovered it was not a smoke detector but a camera.
The woman had rented the town house from Jamil Brown, a Space Force major.
Maj. Jamil Brown, assigned to US Space Command, rented an apartment to a woman with a recording device placed on the ceiling of the bedroom. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.
“She had literally just moved in,” Robert Tornabene, a spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department, told Coffee or Die Magazine.
Police confirmed they had issued Brown a summons — "basically a quasi ticket,” Tornabene said — because police officers couldn’t determine whether the recording device had been active while the woman was in the room. The summons carries a fine of up to $750.
Police said they had determined that only the tenant and the 35-year-old Brown had access to the town home.
The woman's father tweeted about the incident.
Air Force Maj. Annmarie Annicelli, chief of the Public Affairs Operations Division at Peterson Space Force Base, told Coffee or Die in an email message, “We can confirm Maj. Jamil Brown is assigned to U.S. Space Command. We are aware of the allegations against Maj. Brown and will support local civilian authorities in any investigation.”
Brown gave officers “convoluted statements that didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Tornabene said. He said Brown had told officers he was concerned about an ex-girlfriend, “or something along those lines,” Tornabene said. “It was a roundabout story that didn’t make a whole lot of sense.”
The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking anyone who may have rented from Brown to contact authorities.
Noelle is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die through a fellowship from Military Veterans in Journalism. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and interned with the US Army Cadet Command. Noelle also worked as a civilian journalist covering several units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment on Fort Benning, before she joined the military as a public affairs specialist.
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