Search For Armed Robbery Suspects Causes Bart Commute Shutdown

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Police chasing an armed robbery suspect into BART tunnels through San Francisco’s Mission District caused long delays and large crowds during this evening’s BART commune, BART officials said.

San Francisco police were investigating a robbery near 22nd and Mission streets at about 4:30 p.m. and the suspects fled, running into the BART station and then the tunnel, San Francisco police said.

Police followed them into the tunnel area, shutting down BART traffic between the 16th Street Mission and 24th Street Mission stations shortly before 5 p.m., BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

Trains were held at all BART stations between the Powell and Daly City stations, Trost said.

Trains heading into San Francisco were turning around at the Montgomery station and heading back toward the East Bay, Trost said.

Trost said that as of about 5:30 p.m. BART service had resumed through all San Francisco stations after police concluded the search without finding the suspect.

Police said one person was arrested for possession of stolen property but the suspects in the tunnels eluded them.

The up to 50-minute delays caused crowding on BART platforms and BART stations had to hold passengers at some stations from entering the paid area or going down to the platform, Trost said.

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