Dodd and other passengers were left shaken by the ordeal and wondering why it took so long for the bus driver to stop after police began their chase. The bus crossed into IL and was stopped near I-94 at Rt. 173.
The bus was traveling with 50 passengers on board from Milwaukee to Chicago when the incident began around 9:50 p.m. CDT, Greyhound said in a statement. The caller advised a male on the bus claimed to have a gun and made threats to kill people.
Police put out spike strips on I-94, which brought the Greyhound bus to a stop on an exit ramp to Route 173 in Lake County, Illinois. "Some people said they saw them getting out of their cars, getting in the grass and throwing spikes out", said passenger Terrance Williams.
Deputies with the Milwaukee and Kenosha County Sheriff's Offices both attempted to pull the bus over, but the driver didn't stop the vehicle.
About 40 passengers were safely removed from the bus around 12:30 a.m, police said. Stop strips were used to blow out two of the tires and the vehicle eventually came to rest in IL.
Vargas-Rosas reportedly faces charges of felony terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He says the man did pull out a weapon. There was four or five people telling him he needs to sit back down, he refused to. "The first thought in my mind was that they were escorting us, but then it's like okay maybe they're not because I see some of them pulling over and I couldn't see what they were doing". "He thought it was a training exercise; he thought we were trying to stop someone else".
Police took the suspect into custody.