NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – An alleged “serial bride” who was accused of marrying multiple men at the same time was arrested just after leaving court Friday, when she allegedly evaded the fare at a Bronx subway station.
The Bronx District Attorney had earlier charged 39-year-old Liana Barrientos with filing with a false instrument, claiming she was married 10 times since 1999 without divorcing some of her previous husbands.
Barrientos pleaded not guilty to both counts of fraud Friday, and the judge warned her to stay out of trouble, CBS2 reported.
But she allegedly got into trouble again a matter of minutes later.
After leaving court Friday, Barrientos was arrested again around 2:30 p.m. on allegations that she beat the fare for the subway along with her 19-year-old niece, Tracy Barrientos, police said.
Police alleged they walked through the emergency gate at the subway station at East 149th Street and Grand Concourse, sources told CBS2.
She was arraigned a second time Friday night on a new charge of theft of service, and was released without any bail being set, CBS2 reported. Her niece’s case was dismissed.
As CBS2’s Sonia Rincon reported, Barrientos covered her face as she walked out of court in the Bronx for the second time Friday – alongside her niece. They said nothing except for a few obscenities.
Liana Barrientos swung at CBS2’s cameras as they walked, and both she and her niece spat at the camera, Rincon reported.
Law enforcement sources said the women did not even have MetroCards when they were arrested. They were not issued tickets, because they had allegedly done the same thing before, law enforcement sources said.
The prosecutor also pointed out another detail of her arrest. Barrientos allegedly told the officer who took her into custody in the subway station… “Didn’t you see me on TV?”
The original charges against Barrientos alleged that she is currently believed to be married to four people, and at one time she was married to eight of them simultaneously.
Prosecutors say she filed the marriage licenses, spelling her name slightly different in some of them, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.