WADSWORTH, Ill. (WLS) —
A possibly-armed suspect is in custody after passengers say he threatened them on a Greyhound bus on I-94 near Wadsworth, Ill. Friday night, Illinois State Police said.
The ordeal started near Milwaukee when police said they got a call from someone on board the Greyhound bus. The caller said a man was acting crazy, claimed he had a gun and threatened passengers.
A Greyhound spokesperson
said the incident began around 9:50 p.m. The police pursuit started and then crossed into Illinois. State police tried to use stop sticks to pull the bus over and the driver finally complied and the pursuit ended just north of Route 173.
“He was acting crazy. That’s what it boils down to. 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,” said passenger Patrick Dodd.
“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. Some people said they saw them getting out of their cars, getting in the grass and throwing spikes out,” said passenger Terrance Williams.
About 50 people on the bus were removed and eventually brought to Chicago, the Greyhound spokesperson said.
The suspect was taken into custody. No one was injured on board the bus.
I-94 was closed while police investigated before re-opening around 1:15 a.m.
A Greyhound spokesperson said in a statement, “The safety of our customers and employees is the cornerstone of our business. 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 spokesperson said Greyhound is fully cooperating with authorities to investigate the incident.
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