Man on Greyhound bus who threatened to kill passengers is in US

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The bus crossed into IL and was stopped near I-94 at Rt. 173.

Reports of a person with a gun on the bus led to the police chase that began late Friday and lasted 2½ hours, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Authorities ultimately used spike strips to flatten the vehicle's tires, which forced it to a stop on Interstate 94 near the IL community of Wadsworth.

"He made threats to law enforcement that transported him, as well as to my criminal investigators when they interviewed him", Schmaling said. "With security measures in place such as having security guards and surveillance cameras at many of our stations, random searches of customers' carry-on baggage, DriveCams on the buses, as well as working with the TSA on the development of some of our security programs and procedures, we do our best to ensure our customers are safe when they travel".

The Racine County sheriff said on Saturday that Vargas-Rosas is an illegal immigrant who has been deported before. Dodd said the man pulled something out of his trousers that Dodd believed may have been a weapon.

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He's facing charges of disorderly conduct and making terroristic threats, a felony, in Racine County.

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

A total of 37 passengers, including the driver and suspect, were on board at the time of the incident. Stop strips were used to blow out two of the tires and the vehicle eventually came to rest in IL. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Terrance Williams of New Jersey was in the middle of the bus and initially thought police were escorting the bus, not realizing what was happening in the back. When he finally hit, that's when we were all hollering in the back "You need to stop".

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