Bond Court Judge to Serial Stowaway: ‘I'm Trying to Help You. Jail Is Not Where You Belong.'

Marilyn Hartman was arrested once at Midway and once at O'Hare in the first 48 hours since her release from jail Thursday

A judge set bond for the woman known as the "serial stowaway" at $100,000 Sunday after the woman was arrested two more times in the last 48 hours.

Marilyn Hartman, 63, was released from the Cook County Jail Thursday after spending nearly two months behind bars for trying to board planes without a ticket. 

A day after her release, Hartman was arrested again at Midway International Airport for causing a "disturbance" inside the cabin of a Southwest Airlines flight headed for LaGuardia Airport, officials said. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Airport officials said Hartman did have a ticket to board the plane. It is unclear what kind of "disturbance" she caused.

On Saturday, Hartman was arrested again in Terminal One at O'Hare International Airport for violating her bail bond, which was given after the disturbance at Midway. She was charged with criminal trespassing to state land and violation of bond.

During her bond hearing Sunday, Cook County Judge Adam Donald Bourgeois Jr. told Hartman, "I'm trying to help you. Jail is not where you belong."

"I agree," Hartman replied.

"But you won't stop your conduct," Judge Bourgeois said.

The public defender's office was defending Hartman in court. They said they were "doing everything we can" to monitor her behavior, but they "can't force anyone to take her in."

Hartman was nicknamed the "serial stowaway" after she made five attempts to get past security at O'Hare and Midway Airports in late April and early May. As she left jail Thursday, she insisted her stowaway days were over.

Hartman is next due in court July 9.

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