Suspicious passenger sighting triggers BART train delays

Three BART trains were delayed during the morning commute Wednesday when a passenger called train security after seeing a suspicious-looking man, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.

Thetrain, which originated at the Dublin-Pleasanton station, was stopped at the West Oakland station for eight minutes — from 9:22 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — during which time BART police attempted to find the suspicious passenger, Johnson said.

The West Oakland station is the last station in the East Bay before trains enter the underwater Transbay Tube that brings them to San Francisco.

The man was described by the passenger who called security as sitting in a handicapped seat, repeatedly getting up and down and as being “Middle Eastern”-looking, was not found, Johnson said.

“He was not on the train,” Johnson said. “We got on it immediately” after the call.

Johnson said that, with 333,000 riders a day, calls about unattended bags or suspicious passengers happen regularly.

“We would rather you be overly suspicious and be alive,” Johnson said.

mcarroll@examiner.com

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