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Police chase involving Greyhound bus ends in Lake County

Hostage situation involving coach bus Hostage situation involving coach bus
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 12:52

Police say the situation started after they received a report of a disorderly and possibly armed suspect aboard the bus in Wisconsin near the IL border, CBS affiliate WDJT reports.

Passengers on the bus say that Vargas-Rosas was irate and could not be reasoned with.

"It nearly felt like a terrorist situation".

Schmaling said no weapon has yet been found, but the Racine County Sheriff's Office has seized the bus and plans to continue to search for a gun.

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

A spike strip finally disabled a wheel on the bus and the vehicle came to a stop. "He was pacing back and forth in the aisle, acting suspiciously, digging into his waistband", Schmaling said.

Police took the suspect into custody. The sheriff said the suspect has been charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct and is being held in Lake County, Ill.

Authorities say they have a suspect in custody after a "possible hostage situation" on a Greyhound bus on I-94 near Chicago.

No gun was recovered on the bus.

According to Schmaling, the driver of the bus didn't realize deputies were attempting to pull the vehicle over.

Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, is accused of threatening to kill the other 36 people on the bus from Milwaukee to Chicago on Friday night.

Police responded to a call around 9:40 p.m. Friday from a bus passenger who claimed there was a person threatening to kill people, Fox 6 reported, citing the Racine County Sheriff's Department. Passengers also said the man with the gun threatened to kill them several times.