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Recidivist Stowaway Arrested Again at LA Airport

Marilyn Hartman was arrested Thursday morning at LAX a day after she was sentenced for unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway on Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose



    Serial Stowaway Rearrested at LAX

    A day after being arrested for taking a flight from San Jose without a ticket, Marilyn Hartman was back in handcuffs at LAX on Thursday for violating her restraining order. Patrick Healy for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Published Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014)

    The woman sentenced Wednesday for passing through airport security without a boarding pass and stowing away on a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles earlier this week was arrested again Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.

    Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested after she was seen wandering through several terminals at LAX.

    "I just knew she would come back," said Los Angeles World Airports Police Chief Pat Gannon after her arrest. "She is a serial attempter of being a stowaway."

    Gannon said arrangements had been made for her to go to a homeless shelter, but he believed she would return to the airport despite being ordered to stay away without an airline ticket.

    "I just knew she would come back," said Gannon, adding he had fliers distributed with the woman’s picture on them to agents and officers. "We were keeping an eye out for her."

    Hartman was arrested near Terminal 7 and transported to Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Jail where she was being held Thursday night in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    A judge on Wednesday ordered Hartman to "stay away from LAX" unless she had the necessary documents to board a flight.

    She did not try to go through any TSA screenings, Gannon said.

    The stay-away order was part of a sentence handed down Wednesday after Hartman pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor trespassing charge. She had been arrested two nights earlier at LAX after arriving on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose.

    She was charged in connection with willfully and unlawfully entering LA as a stowaway on an aircraft, a misdemeanor, according to the LA City Attorney's Office. She was ordered to serve a 24-month probation term and three days in jail.

    Speaking with reporters Wednesday, she said she was trying to reach Hawaii earlier this week but did not say how she bypassed security. She described herself as homeless and "desperate."

    Gannon countered that, telling reporters "She actually has the means to take a flight or two."

    Hartman has previously breached security at San Francisco International Airport and has a history of trying to get on flights without a ticket, officials said. She had at least seven encounters with police at SFO and was arrested four times, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

    San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told NBC Bay Area Hartman tried to sneak onto planes at SFO on Feb. 15, 18 and 20. The remaining four arrests, he said, were for violating her court order and trespassing at the airport. In those last cases, she was "simply found sitting outside the security in places, like the food court."

    Gannon said he had hoped Hartman would buy a plane ticket and leave LA.

    "I was hoping she'd be somebody else's problem," he said.

    NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez and NBC4''s Nyree Arabian and Mateo Melero contributed to this report.