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BART delay caused by alleged robbery suspect on tracks

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BART trains were delayed Monday while police were searching for a suspect on the tracks between 24th Street Station and Daly City.

BART trains were stopped between 24th Street Station and Daly City station early Monday evening, as the SFPD sought a suspect on the tracks, according to BART.

As of 5:55 p.m., Alicia Trost, BART spokesperson, said the SFPD had been scouring the tracks and arrested the suspect a short time later.

“I have confirmed SFPD has the suspect in custody,” Trost said. “We now have released all trains and service is in progress.”

SFPD had been searching for the suspect on the tracks between 24th street and Daly City stations, she said. The situation started at 5:20 p.m.

BART powered down the track to allow the SFPD to inspect the trains and tunnel.

Trost said East Bay-bound passengers were experiencing a 30-minute delay, at least.

One passenger on a train headed eastbound told The Examiner the lights went off, the power went off, and then the train car started getting hot. People started getting nervous, she said.

As of 7:40 p.m., Trost says trains in San Francisco are still experiencing delays.

“During the service recovery we had two incidents that made recovery more difficult,” she said.

One train was disabled at the 24th Street station, she said, adding “a tech had to go basically jump start that train.” Another train had a medical emergency, as a passenger had a seizure.

“We had [Emergency Medical Technicians] come to off-board this patron,” Trost said.

Trost said trains are still facing 30 minute delays, or longer.

Tweets from passengers delayed at various BART stations:

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