A 33-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he held 50 passengers on a Chicago-bound Greyhound bus hostage, authorities said.
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. Officers had to deploy two sets of spike strips to stop the bus.
Passengers said that people were yelling at the bus driver to stop, but he kept going.
Spike strips were used to stop the Greyhound on Interstate 94.
The pursuit crossed into IL and the bus eventually stopped near the exit ramp to Route 173. It also was not immediately clear how long the passengers were held or whether the suspect simply surrendered after the bus reached IL.
"He was acting insane", passenger Patrick Dodd said, according to CNN affiliate WLS.
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"The law is you see emergency lights you pull over", Williams said. "We tried to get him to calm down, there were four or five people telling him to sit back down, but he refused to, and that's when I was on the phone with 911 begging for help".
At first, law enforcement thought this may have been a hi-jacking, but the driver said he didn't stop right away because he thought the cops were chasing someone else or that this was a training exercise. Once it finally stopped, another passenger says police had their weapons drawn on everyone.
Vargas-Rosas is being held at the Lake County Jail in IL but is facing a felony charge of making terroristic threats in Racine County.
No weapon was found, but investigators are still trying to complete a thorough search of the bus.
Vargas-Rosas was taken into custody.