LOS ANGELES (CNN) – A California woman police call a “serial stowaway” was arrested again on Thursday, a day after being released from jail.
Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was arrested again at Los Angeles International Airport.
"She has a fixation on flying, and she actually has the means to take a flight or two but apparently prefers to do so without buying a ticket or actually following all the rules we all have to follow to get on a flight to go someplace," Airport Police Chief Patrick M. Gannon said.
Hartman pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a charge of stowing away.
She was sentenced to a two-year probation and three days in jail, but she was released, having received credit for time served.
When she was released, police say they were ready for her to try it again.
Police said she spent about an hour at LAX scouting out passenger terminals.
“Ms. Hartman was re-arrested at LAX [Thursday]. As the person ultimately responsible for the safety and security of the employees and passengers here at LAX, my experience led me to believe she would return and might try to board a plane without a ticket,” Gannon said. “Yesterday [Wednesday], when we learned she was going to be released from custody, we were prepared.”
Hartman reportedly told authorities after past stowaway attempts that she has cancer, and was simply trying to fly somewhere warm.
"I think the issue here is clearly is the ask of whether a 72 hour hold whether there is mental illness that is involved here, and yes that is the case. Unfortunately, our hands our tied, and she has to want the help, to give it to her, which we would love to be able to do," Gannon said.
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