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14 January 2018, 12:47 | Darnell Patrick
Man hijacks Greyhound bus and threatens to kill everyone in Illinois
When the bus driver failed to stop - indicating he may have taken control of the vehicle - police gave chase over the border into IL.
"It nearly felt like a terrorist situation". "He thought it was a training exercise; he thought we were trying to stop someone else".
According to Schmaling, the driver of the bus didn't realize deputies were attempting to pull the vehicle over.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, lives in Chicago but works at a restaurant in Milwaukee.
The sheriff stated Saturday that no gun was found on the suspect, but police plan to search the bus for a weapon. The suspect is an illegal immigrant who had been deported to Mexico in 2012, the sheriff said.
Police put out spike strips to make the Greyhound bus stop. Central time as the bus was headed from Milwaukee to Chicago.
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No gun was recovered on the bus.
"We dodged a bullet, we really did in my view", Schmaling said.
"Hopefully at the end of the day this individual is held accountable for his actions and ultimately brought to justice", Schmaling said.
Several witnesses told police they had heard an argument between the suspect and another passenger and the suspect made threats to kill "everyone on the bus" and reportedly made a motion to his waistband that he was removing a gun, police say.
According to the Illinois State Police, troopers were responding to a "possible hostage situation" on the bus.
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