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Man accused of threatening to shoot Greyhound passengers to appear in court

Suspect in Custody After'Possible Hostage Situation on Greyhound Bus That Shut Down Stretch of I-94 Authorities Illinois Tollway
Ray Hunter | 15 January, 2018, 00:46

A man who threatened to kill other passengers on a Greyhound bus Friday night was in the country illegally and has been previously deported.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office said a caller said a man on the bus claimed to have a gun and made threats to kill people.

The situation led police to chase the bus, and then stop it with spike strips on the IL side of the state line.

Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, has been charged with felony charges of making a terroristic threat, as well as misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, according to Sgt. Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

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

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Two sets of stop sticks were deployed and proven successful when the bus eventually rolled to a stop across the state line into IL.

Vargas-Rosas is being held at the Lake County Jail in IL but is facing a felony charge of making terroristic threats in Racine County. No injuries were reported. "You need to stop" and he finally stopped", authorities said.

Schmaling said the bus was not being hijacked; he said Vargas-Rosas did not threaten the bus driver or ever approach him.

More than 50 passengers were on board of a Greyhound bus when the man on board pulled out a gun.

Greyhound officials brought a relief bus to the scene to pick up passengers and take them to Chicago. "(The police) were in front of us, they were in back of us". He said passengers in the back of him were yelling at the driver to pull over. He said the driver was oblivious to what was transpiring in the back of the bus. The suspect is in custody, ISP said.

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