'Serial Stowaway' Arrested Again 3 Days After Release

Marilyn Hartman was found at O'Hare yet again
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2018 5:33 AM CST
Marilyn Jean Hartman appears in court in this 2014 photo, in the airport courthouse in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brittany Murray)
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(Newser) – After she was arrested yet again earlier this month in Chicago for boarding a plane without a ticket, "serial stowaway" Marilyn Hartman was ordered by a Cook County judge to wear an ankle monitor. But because the 66-year-old's home is in a different county, another judge rescinded the monitor Thursday—and warned her three times to stay away from O'Hare and Midway airports, the Chicago Tribune reports. Somewhat predictably, she was arrested again just three days later on Sunday after officers received a call about a woman refusing to leave a part of O'Hare. She was charged with trespassing on state land and a violation of a bail bond and was ordered held without bond until a hearing on Wednesday.

Hartman faces felony theft charges from the previous incident, in which she allegedly sneaked onto a British Airways flight and made it all the way to London, where she was sent back to the US for not having proper documentation. Her many previous arrests include multiple failed attempts to get to Hawaii. The Cook County Sheriff's chief policy adviser says Hartman is in "great need of mental health services," and authorities are working on a "holistic plan" to break the cycle of airport arrests, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "Releasing any seriously mentally ill person without support and treatment is never a good idea," she warned before Thursday's hearing, per NBC News. "Without the help she clearly needs, history is likely to repeat itself." (Read more Marilyn Hartman stories.)

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