Road spikes deployed to halt Greyhound bus after reports of armed man

Hannah Rogers
January 15, 2018

Numerous police agencies from Wisconsin and IL are responding to an incident involving a Greyhound bus.

According to Illinois State Police, the pursuit began in Wisconsin on I-94 around 10 p.m. after a report of an armed suspect aboard the bus.

Authorities are saying that a verbal altercation between passengers turned into threats on a Greyhound bus Friday night.

Several law enforcement agencies from Wisconsin and IL reportedly are now at the scene, surrounding the bus.

Illinois State police have confirmed that the suspect is in custody.

According to the Illinois State Police, troopers were responding to a "possible hostage situation" on the bus.

Officials didn't locate a weapon on Vargas-Rosas, but said the bus will be thoroughly searched. Sheriff Schmaling says Vargas-Rosas continued to make threats to kill law enforcement during his transport to jail.

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Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, has been charged with making terrorist threats, a felony, and disorderly conduct.

The Racine County sheriff said on Saturday that Vargas-Rosas is an illegal immigrant who has been deported before.

When the bus driver failed to stop - indicating he may have taken control of the vehicle - police gave chase over the border into IL.

About 40 passengers were driven to Chicago's Union Station on another bus. "You need to stop" and he finally stopped", authorities said.

Terrance Williams of New Jersey was in the middle of the bus and initially thought police were escorting the bus, not realising what was happening in the back. But he too was confused about why it took so long for the driver to stop.

"The law is you see emergency lights you pull over", Mr Williams said.

"I think he ultimately recognized that this was a serious event when we spiked his tires", Schmaling said.

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