TAMPA — The man and woman arrived at MacDill Air Force Base as it cleared out for the day. They slowed the sport utility vehicle and showed identification.
In the Honda were six guns, ammunition and military-style clothing. The man, active duty military, reportedly was absent without leave.
But the military security guard didn't know that.
Only the IDs raised a flag. They appeared to be fake, base officials said Tuesday.
Authorities provided few details about the pair who tried to enter the base's Bayshore Boulevard gate about 5 p.m. Monday, but said they were U.S. citizens in their mid-20s. Their names and relationship were not released; nor was the man's military branch.
As of Tuesday evening, it was unclear if they were still detained; if so, where; and whether they face charges.
The man would be under military jurisdiction, said MacDill spokesman Mark Graff.
The woman, a civilian, could wind up in federal court if prosecuted, according to Col. Dave Cohen, 6th Air Mobility Wing vice commander.