Serial Flight Stowaway Arrested In Arizona

August 26, 2014

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A serial stowaway recently released from jail in California was arrested in Arizona on Tuesday on charges of criminal trespass for lingering at Phoenix Airport without a ticket, police said.

Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested at Sky Harbor Airport after she was spotted by employees while wandering in the baggage claim area, said Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump. She had previously been seen lingering at the airport on August 14 and given a warning, he said.

"Hartman is being booked this afternoon for criminal trespassing and officers are requesting a mental health evaluation," police said in a statement.

Her arrest in Arizona comes less than two weeks after she was released from a Los Angeles County jail after serving just three days of a 177-day sentence for violating her probation by wandering around Los Angeles Airport without an airline ticket.

Hartman was released early due to prison overcrowding, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The probation sentence stemmed from Hartman's no contest plea to a stowaway charge after she successfully boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles earlier in August without a ticket.

Hartman has made numerous other attempts to board planes without a ticket in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and was sentenced to probation in May after she was arrested at San Francisco airport for trespassing and boarding a flight to Hawaii without a ticket.