Woman arrested at SFO again said she has nowhere else to go 

The recalcitrant woman accused of trespassing several times at San Francisco International Airport was arrested yet again Monday, and on Wednesday, she pleaded not guilty to the charges, San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Marilyn Hartman, 62, of San Francisco, was found sitting at a food court in the International Terminal on Monday, in violation of a court order to stay away from the airport, the third time she has done so after being initially charged in February when she was able to get past security and board a plane bound for Hawaii.

She was taken off the Hawaii-bound flight when the actual passenger with the ticket for the seat showed up. She unsuccessfully tried to sneak through two more times before authorities arrested and charged her.

At the time, she had told authorities that she had cancer and wanted to go somewhere warm. She was released on her own recognizance with the caveat she stay away from the airport. Yet, twice last month, she returned to SFO.

On March 18, she was discovered at a food court beyond security and on March 26 she was arrested at the Terminal 3 baggage claim. At that time, she told authorities she felt safer at the airport than at her apartment in The City.

On Monday, she told authorities that she was not trying to board a plane, that she does not have cancer, she is not looking for attention and does not want money from anyone, Wagstaffe said. That could be in response to a gofundme.com site that was set up for Hartman to help her buy that elusive ticket to Hawaii. As of Thursday early afternoon, that site has raised $890.

She also said she knew she was violating the court order but told prosecutors she "just had nowhere else to go."

Hartman has numerous cases in San Mateo County now and will return to court May 5 for jury trial, Wagstaffe said. She remains in custody on $25,000 bail.

A report on sfgate.com said prosecutors may see what kind of help Hartman may need, whether it's referring her to a senior center or connecting her to social services.

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