Suspect Remains At Large After Police Chase Laptop Thief Through BART Tunnel

7:54 PM: 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.

Scott Morris/Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

5:50 PM: BART service in San Francisco has resumed but large delays remain after service was as police searched for an armed robbery suspect on the tracks through the Mission District, a BART spokeswoman said.

San Francisco police began chased an armed robbery suspect who had stolen a laptop onto the platform and then the tracks between the 16th Street Mission and 24th Street Mission stations shortly before 5 p.m., BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

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, 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.

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

Scott Morris/Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

5:10 PM: Police are pursuing a suspect on the underground BART train tracks in San Francisco’s Mission District late this afternoon, stopping all train service in the area, a BART spokeswoman said.

San Francisco police were chasing the suspect shortly before 5 p.m. between the 16th Street Mission and 24th Street Mission stations, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

BART has stopped trains in both directions in the area until the incident is resolved, Trost said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • http://scorcher.org/ Jym Dyer

    ≖ How old school. I thought it was all phones and Google Glass these days.

  • sebra leaves

    Did they lose him? Did he vanish into thin air?

  • Anandakos

    They should have just staked out the stations to the north and south and let the trains run. We could have celebrated some Darwin awards.