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Search For Suspect Suspends BART Service In San Francisco During Rush Hour

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A commuter looks on as a BART train pulls into a station in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – BART service resumed Wednesday evening after service was suspended as San Francisco police searched for an armed-robbery suspect on the tracks between the Mission District’s 16th Street and 24th Street Stations.

According to BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost,  a laptop was stolen on the platform followed by a police chase that continued on to the tracks shortly before 5 p.m.

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The search prompted the shutdown of all BART service 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, according to Trost.

As of about 5:30 p.m. BART service had resumed throughout San Francisco stations after police concluded their search for three suspects, one of which ended up inside the tunnel.

Police Sgt. Eric O’Neil said one suspect had been taken into custody and that police had at one point boarded a train to search for the suspect in the tunnel, but could not find him. 

The initial delays left large crowds on Downtown San Francisco’s station platforms, but crowds began to dissipate once service was restored and single-file lines worked their way through the gates.

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