Serial Stowaway Arrested 3 Days After Being Ordered to Stay Away From Chicago Airports
Three days after being ordered to stay away from all Chicago airports, “serial stowaway” Marilyn Hartman was arrested in a terminal of O’Hare.
Airport employees spotted Hartman after midnight on Sunday. Around 1:25 a.m., Chicago police arrived at O’Hare, responding to a call about a woman who refused to leave the terminal. Hartman ran before police arrived, but they found her wandering around Terminal 3.
Hartman will remain in Cook County Jail through Wednesday, the day of her next hearing. She will be held without bond for violating the terms of her previous release, according to Chicago News 5.
On January 14, Hartman was arrested after boarding a British Airways flight from Chicago to London without a ticket or passport. She was caught in London Heathrow and sent back to Chicago O’Hare, where police were awaiting her arrival.
A judge ordered Hartman released on her own recognizance with one misdemeanor for trespassing and a felony of theft. She was ordered to stay away from all Chicago airports — which lasted all of three days.
Hartman’s history of stowing away on airplanes dates back to at least 2014, when she attempted to sneak onto four different flights to Hawaii from San Francisco International Airport. Over the past four years, she has been arrested more than 10 times while trying to stowaway onto flights.
“Just having a revolving door at the jail and O’Hare and Midway seems ridiculous, so we have to find some way to interrupt that and get her on a good path,” Cara Smith, the Cook County Sheriff’s chief policy adviser, told Chicago Sun Times. “I don’t suggest it will be easy, but there has to be some solution here.”