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Man hijacks Greyhound bus and threatens to kill everyone in IL

Man hijacks Greyhound bus and threatens to kill everyone in IL

One person is facing charges after a police chase involving a Greyhound bus Friday.

The pursuit crossed into IL and the bus eventually stopped near the exit ramp to Route 173.

The suspect was saying "he was gonna kill us, that he was going to put a bullet in our head", passenger Patrick Todd told CBS 2 in Chicago after the almost 40 passengers arrived at Union Station on another vehicle.

The situation led police to chase the bus, and then stop it with spike strips on the IL side of the state line.

He also commended the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Illinois State Police for their assistance.

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Officials say they did not locate a weapon, however the Greyhound bus has been seized and will be thoroughly searched.

It wasn't until spike strips were laid down and flattened two tires on the bus that the driver pulled over and stopped in Wadsworth, Ill. A man with a gun was reportedly on the bus, the Lake County sheriff's office said. He says the man did pull out a weapon.

"The driver indicated he did not stop because he thought it was a training exercise by law enforcement, or else he did not see us and thought we were trying to stop someone else", the Sheriff said.

"He didn't stop after the first spike strip", Dodd said.

A total of 37 passengers, including the driver and suspect, were on board at the time of the incident. Schmaling said he reluctantly complied and was taken into custody without incident. "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".