Greyhound bus suspect is an illegal immigrant who has been deported before

A man claiming he was armed threatened to shoot passengers on a Chicago-bound Greyhound bus Friday

A passenger called 911 and said a man armed with a gun had threatened to kill people on the bus, according to the sheriff's office in Racine County, Wisconsin, several miles north of the IL border.

The ordeal started near Milwaukee when police said they got a call from someone on board the Greyhound bus.

The person arrested was being held in IL as of Saturday morning; he will be extradited and prosecuted in Racine County, said a Sheriff's Office official.

About two dozen officers from multiple police agencies in Wisconsin started a pursuit that lasted 17 miles into IL near Wadsworth.

Police chased a Milwaukee-to-Chicago Greyhound bus overnight when it was reportedly hijacked by a hostage-taking gunman.

The pursuit crossed into IL and the bus eventually stopped near the exit ramp to Route 173.

The Sheriff's Office is recommending Vargas-Rosas be charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and disorderly conduct.

Margarito Vargas-Rosas 33 was taken into custody
Margarito Vargas-Rosas 33 was taken into custody

Police say once in custody, Vargas-Rosas continued threatening his officers lives.

"He didn't stop after the first spike strip", Dodd said.

"The bus driver had no idea this was happening", Schmaling said.

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

Officials say they did not locate a weapon, however the Greyhound bus has been seized and will be thoroughly searched. But he too was confused about why it took so long for the driver to stop. It also was not immediately clear how long the passengers were held or whether the suspect simply surrendered after the bus reached IL.

None of the almost 40 people aboard the bus were injured.

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