‘Serial Stowaway’ Is Arrested at O’Hare (Again), 2 Days After TV Confessional
A woman notorious for avoiding airport security and slipping on plane tickets without a ticket was arrested this week in Chicago, a few days after being heard on amazing television news that promised such escapes were behind her.
The woman, Marilyn Hartmann, who was dubbed a “serial stowaway” by local media, was arrested Tuesday at O’Hare International Airport on a charge of criminal misconduct and fleeing crime, the Cook Sheriff’s Office said. Her presence at O’Hare violated the terms of her probationary period in 2019, when she was arrested at the same airport for trying to circumvent security without a passport or boarding pass.
Over the years, Hartman, 69, has been involved in at least 22 similar incidents – some successful – at airports across the country. In 2014, he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a secret flight from San Jose, California, the Chicago Tribune reported. Several times, including twice at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, he left her with a warning.
In 2018, he successfully boarded a flight to London without a ticket or passport.
In an exclusive report presented this week on CBS2 Chicago, Ms Hartman said she had boarded plane tickets at least 30 times. “The first time I was able to pass, I flew to Copenhagen,” he told the station. “The second time, I flew to Paris.”
Ms Hartman said she only agreed to be interviewed when she was “convinced I would not go on an illegal flight again”. Two days after the report was released, he was arrested in O’Hare.
At a bond court hearing Thursday, Andrea Lubelfeld, Ms Hartman’s lawyer, said her client was upset long after seeing the CBS2 report, leading her to travel to O’Hare for the first time in a year, according to with The Tribune.
“She has a mental illness caused by something that was not under her control,” the newspaper said.
At around noon on Tuesday, Ms. Hartman, who was monitoring electronically, left the transitional housing unit where she was staying, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities realized he was heading to O’Hare. About an hour later, they informed Chicago police that it was close to Terminal 1.
“An alarm siren went off on Hartman’s device and he was taken into custody by Chicago police,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Hartmann did not enter safe areas.”
Ms Carter Langston, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, said Ms Hartman had been spotted at the airport – before she could approach a security checkpoint – by a vigilant TSA official who had warned airport law enforcement of her presence. ».
“When a passenger bypasses one of the many levels of security at an airport checkpoint, the TSA takes it very seriously,” he said in a statement.
The Chicago Department of Aviation, which manages O’Hare, has asked questions about Ms. Hartman in local law enforcement and the TSA
The sheriff’s office requested approval to charge Ms. Hartman with felony criminal mischief, the statement said. Ms Hartman is being held in Cook County Jail without the possibility of release, said Parle Roe-Taylor, another of Hartman’s lawyers.
Prior to her recent arrest, Ms Hartman was “in good standing, actively engaged in her treatment, making progress and looking forward to a positive outcome,” Ms Roe-Taylor said.
“The penal system is well-equipped to treat or assist clients like Mrs Hartman,” said Ms Roe-Taylor, adding: “We need to do better than just imprisoning people with mental health problems. “The criminal justice system is not an institution for the treatment of mental health.”
Ms Hartman has been on the law enforcement radar for years.
In 2015, he told investigators he had boarded a plane in Minnesota without a ticket and flew to Jacksonville, Florida, according to an arrest report obtained by NBC News.
Ms Hartman O’Hare’s first arrest came in 2015, according to The Chicago Tribune, when she was charged with misconduct or criminal misconduct on state land. He has since been involved in eight other incidents at Chicago area airports.
In 2018, Ms Hartman embarked on a British Airways flight and traveled to Heathrow Airport, where she was arrested by customs officials, the Chicago Police Department said in a press release at the time.
In this episode, O’Hare surveillance cameras caught her moving through the airport without a boarding pass or passport. She is hiding her face with her hair as she was walking by two TSA officers as they checked other passengers’ boarding passes, a Cook County attorney said.
Upon her return to the United States, she was charged with theft and trespassing.
He was still on probation from a London flight when he stopped in October 2019 at O’Hare because he tried to pass a security checkpoint without proper documentation. He was held in Cook County Jail where he remained a year ago when he was released as part of an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, The Tribune reported. In April, Cook County Jail was the nation’s largest known source of coronavirus infections, according to The New York Times.
In the CBS2 report, Ms. Hartman says she was “depressed” when she took the flights.
He explained that he would avoid security “following someone – they would carry it like a blue bag”.
“And the next thing I know, I get on the TSA line, and the TSA lets me go,” he said. “They think I’m with the man in the blue bag.”