Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Greyhound bus involved in police chase

Greyhound bus involved in police chase

Vargas-Rosas is accused of threating to kill passengers on the bus as it was going between Milwaukee and Chicago on Friday night.

The suspect, who has not been identified, claimed to have a gun and made threats to kill people Friday night as the bus was en route to Chicago from Milwaukee, the Racine County Sheriff's office said.

Passengers called 911 while the altercation was taking place, but the bus driver didn't stop, unaware of the commotion on board and thinking that police were trying to stop someone else.

Approximately 40 passengers on the bus were safely evacuated, IL police said, and no injuries were reported. "He did comply - rather reluctantly - but he was ultimately taken into custody without incident". Authorities say the man, 33-year-old Margarito Vargas-Rosas, is in the USA illegally and has been deported before.

According to police, Vargas-Rosas was deported to Mexico in 2012 but now resides in Chicago. He said passengers in the back of him were yelling at the driver to pull over.

Schmaling did not know when Vargas-Rosas was deported to Mexico. Vargas-Rosas appeared in court Sunday morning in Waukegan, where a Lake County judge denied him bond.

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The Racine County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Kenosha County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police.

"They treated us like we were criminals, like we did something wrong", Williams said.

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

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

Authorities did not find a gun on Vargas-Rosas, but Schmaling said the bus had not been thoroughly searched yet.

Vargas-Rosas reportedly faces charges of felony terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

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