11 AM: SFPD public affairs officer DeWayne Tully looked into this and called us back, saying that there was an attempted assault in the immediate area, but, according to the officer he spoke to at Mission Station, the suspect had taken off before SFPD’s arrival. He didn’t have any details on why this might have caused BART service to cease, so we’re checking with BART (poor BART! Can’t get a break!) to see what they can tell us.

10:23 AM: Mission Mission‘s Kevin Montgomery alerted us to some tweets this morning saying 18th Street BART was “on lockdown” due to police activity:

16th street Bart station lock down. Trains not moving, police with rifles everywhere.

BART police action at 16th/Mission. Huge delays. Trains justed running though.

Stuck at 24th street. Police activity at 16th and Richmond train just went out of service. Yay BART

Though we did not receive any alerts from BART saying trains were or were not stopped, it looks like, from Twitter (which is not always the most reliable narrator, if you know what we mean, that service has been restored.

So what was going on? We called the SFPD’s public affairs office, who were unaware of any such incidents. They’re looking in to it and will call us back, so you’ll know more when we do.

Until then, did you see anything going down at that station this morning? Tell us what you saw in the comments.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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