DENVER (CBS4) – The suspect in Monday’s bomb threat at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood appeared in court on Tuesday.

Jessica Ciccocioppo allegedly claimed to have a bomb in her backpack but it turned out to be a hoax. Authorities shut down a busy stretch of Kipling for hours for the investigation.

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Ciccocioppo spoke openly to the judge on Tuesday. She talked about her 3-year-old daughter being taken from her by Jefferson County Social Services and went on to say that she was very upset by that and “that’s what started this whole thing.”

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According to court documents, Ciccocioppo showed up at the main gate of the Federal Center at approximately 10:30 a.m., set her backpack down and told security there was a bomb inside. She was immediately arrested and the Jefferson County Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.


The bomb squad X-rayed the bag saw what appeared to be some wiring inside and decided to blow it up.

The bag was found to have a number of documents inside, including a birth certificate, driver’s license and tax documents. No explosives were found.

Ciccocioppo told the judge she was headed to California to start a new life with her daughter but were currently homeless in Colorado. She will be back in court on Friday morning.


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