TwitterACicon86x90vert facebookACicon86x90vert
TV/Radio XFINITY | WOW! | WBBM | WXRT | B96 + Dance | US99 | the Drive 97.1

YoutubeTwitterFacebookArlingtoncardinalYahoo! Google Bing Aol.ArlingtoncardinalTMZ Rotten Tomatoes ET Online Box Office MojoArlingtoncardinal Channel 9 WGN Channel 7 Chicago ABC Channel 5 Chicago NBC Channel 2 Chicago CBS Daily HeraldChicago Tribune Breaking NewsArlingtoncardinal Chicago Gas THE GUIDE

Male Suspect in Greyhound Bus Pursuit and Standoff Was Previously Deported, Was Living in US Illegally

Sat January 13 2018 4:27 pm
 Share The Cardinal -- Articles (E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter & More) 

CHICAGO BEARS RADIO -- WBBM Newsradio 780 "Traffic on the 8's"

Police arrested Margarito Vargas-Rosas, a 33-year-old Illinois man, aboard a Greyhound bus after a police chase on southbound I-94 that began in Wisconsin and ended just across the Illinois-Wisconsin state border. About 9:45 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, multiple passengers called 9-1-1 to report a man on the bus was claiming to have a gun, and was threatening to kill people.

Police in Wisconsin immediately responded to catch up with the Greyhound bus when they received the 9-1-1 calls. Law enforcement officers began chasing the bus in Wisconsin, and the pursuit ended just north of an exit for Illinois Route 173 near Wadsworth, Illinois. The suspect was arrested after a short standoff.

Margarito Vargas-Rosas, who was in the United States illegally, is now being held in Lake County jail, and is facing charges in Racine County for felony terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He is expected to be extradited to Racine County soon. Margarito Vargas-Rosas also had been previously deported from the United States. During a press conference, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said Margarito Vargas-Rosas lived in Chicago but works at a restaurant in Milwaukee.

Illinois State Police and Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies (Illinois) were notified by 10:14 p.m. Friday of the pursuit involving multiple Wisconsin police agencies, including the Wisconsin State Patrol, following the Greyhound bus southbound on I-94. The pursuit started in Racine County, and continued on southbound I-94 from Wisconsin into Illinois just after 10:15 p.m. Illinois police agencies were staging to await the arrival of the bus in Illinois along I-94.

Spike strips were deployed in Kenosha County, Wisconsin and in Lake County, Illinois on I-94. The bus driver did not stop when the first spike strip was hit. The bus stopped just north of Route 173 after the second spike strip was hit. At least two tires were damage and flattened by the spike strips. The bus stopped on the right shoulder and was surrounded by several police vehicles. Multiple police agencies surrounded the bus, and initially police believed 48 to 50 passengers were onboard. Today Racine County Sheriff reported there were 37 passengers aboard the bus, including the suspect.

By 10:40 p.m. Friday, police reported they were managing a “possible hostage situation” as they were taking precautions that the suspect had a gun. Later, no gun was recovered on the bus, but the bus was seized after the suspect and passengers were removed, and a thorough search of the bus was underway.

All lanes were blocked in both directions near the incident, and it was reported that all passengers/hostages or most passengers/hostages were off the bus by 12:15 a.m. The offender was reported in custody by 12:24 a.m. Saturday. Initially, it was unknown whether all the passengers left the bus first, or whether the suspect left the bus first. When Vargas-Rosas was removed from the bus, he threatened police investigators.

Passengers were waiting in warming bus(es) until a replacement Greyhound bus arrived, and were also temporarily sheltered at Gurnee Mills Mall. Newport Township FPD firefighter/paramedics were on scene to provide any necessary EMS or rescue operations.

Westbound I-94 was re-opened by 12:58 a.m.

There were no alerts posted on Greyhound’s Facebook or Twitter accounts as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018; and there were no service alerts regarding the incident on Greyhound’s official website. At about 12:10 a.m. Saturday, the official Greyhound site showed a page that said the website was undergoing planned maintenance.

Margarito Vargas-Rosas terrorist threat suspect, Greyhound busMargarito Vargas-Rosas terrorist threat suspect, Greyhound bus.

 facebook … 




Stay informed with news from’s Emergencies Behind the Scenes Facebook page — Includes links to favorite public safety and emergency rescuers and product manufacturers and safety companies that have Facebook pages. Submit your pictures or just stay up-to-date on with fire, rescue, EMS and police photo galleries. Please add your public safety photo to the timeline, or send a message to the page.

Help fund The Cardinal

CLEAR SKIES?  Weather Data for Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,    

IMPORTANT NOTE: All persons referred to as subjects, defendants, offenders or suspects, etc. are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Try a more powerful search in the box below ... SEARCH BOX PRODUCES RESULTS FOR The Cardinal -- ...
(POWERFUL SEARCH for The Cardinal, which can be expanded on the results page.)

Where background Wikipedia info/photos are used, original work is modified and released under CC-BY-SA.

::: Health, wellness and fitness gifts! ::: Cubs, Sox caps at :::

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS BREAKING NEWS --The Cardinal -- is a breaking news blog with Arlington Heights & Chicagoland emphasis. Early breaking reports may prove to be inaccurate after follow-up investigation, which may or may not be updated in The Cardinal -- For in-depth coverage, please also check the following links for network television, cable news networks and Chicago local media coverage ...

Daily Herald | Daily Herald -- Arlington Heights |
Today's headline videos: FOXNews Video | | Associated Press | The Cardinal
Chicago Area Newspapers
Video LOGO youtube Twitter Arlingtoncards facebook battery status Cardinal Calendar Search Batteries Plus RSS Help ...
All Headlines
crimeblog | fireblog

Comments for
COMMENTS are now available via one or more of our official Facebook pages. Comments no longer appear on the article per se. Please comment on or check the other popular Arlington Cardinal Facebook pages at ...

Anyone having information about serious crime in Arlington Heights should register on and look for the anonymous TIP411 feature, or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at 847-590-STOP (847-590-7867). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Not a resident of Arlington Heights? Check for availability for your community. | Traffic on Twitter


Weather radar map is provided by

RSS Cardinal Weather Center