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‘Serial Stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman attacked at Cook County Jail

Hartman was attacked during an altercation Tuesday at the jail’s designated hospital area for women with mental health issues, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

Marilyn Hartman
Marilyn Hartman
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Marilyn Hartman, the Chicago woman who’s made a name for herself as the “Serial Stowaway” by sneaking onto airplanes, was attacked at the Cook County Jail, sources said.

Hartman, 68, was attacked during an altercation about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the jail’s designated hospital area for females with mental health issues, a spokesperson for the Cook County sheriff’s office said.

A woman who was in the middle of a mental health episode jumped up and started hitting Hartman and another incarcerated person, the sheriff’s office said. They both were evaluated by medical staff and no injuries were found.

Hartman — who has been arrested multiple times at O’Hare, Midway and airports across the country from Florida to Hawaii — has been in jail since October, when she was denied bail for violating her probation by visiting O’Hare Airport.

The 18-month probation was related to a 2018 flight she took from O’Hare to London’s Heathrow Airport after slipping aboard a British Airways flight.

The sheriff’s office said it has advocated since 2015 that Hartman should receive treatment and stable housing in the community, rather than incarceration.

A Cook County judge had also ordered a mental fitness evaluation for Hartman last fall.

Contributing: Andy Grimm