An illegal immigrant from Mexico faces terror charges and deportation after allegedly threatening to kill people on a Greyhound bus in Illinois, police said.
Margarito Vargas-Rosas, who had been living in Chicago, was “just acting crazy,” Patrick Dodd, a passenger who called 911, told Fox6.
The Mexican native, who is in the United States illegally, was pacing back and forth between the aisles and made indications he had a firearm, police said.
“It almost felt like a terrorist situation. You’re on a bus with a guy who said he had a gun,” said Dodd.
After police formed a barrier and stopped the bus shortly after it entered Illinois from Wisconsin, the suspect was arrested on Jan. 14. He made threats to kill law enforcement during his transport to jail, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling told the broadcaster.
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Vargas-Rosas was charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, reported the Chicago Tribune.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection told The Daily Herald that the 33-year-old had previously been deported to Mexico in 2012 for traffic offenses.
Officials with the agency told Fox News that Vargas-Rosas was also deported five other times and has a previous DUI arrest to his name.
No firearms were found on the bus but police officers planned a more detailed search to ensure there were none on board.
Greyhound sent a new bus that took the passengers to Chicago to complete their trip.