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2 robbers at large after South Boston deli is held up

Police searched a sedan used by men who crashed into a bus and three cars after robbing a deli Friday night.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Police searched a sedan used by men who crashed into a bus and three cars after robbing a deli Friday night.

Two masked men robbed a South Boston deli at gunpoint on Friday night, then fled with a third man, leading police on a short chase and crashing their sedan into a bus and three other cars outside the Andrew Square MBTA Station, Boston police said. One man was arrest­ed, but the other two ­escaped on a Red Line train.

Police recovered cash, cigarettes, and a gun inside the car the men drove, said Captain John Danilecki of the Boston ­police, but by late Friday night authorities had not located the missing two men or the second gun used in the robbery.

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“They possibly could still be armed,” said Danilecki.

No shots were fired during the robbery or the chase, he said, but a driver of one of the cars in the crash received minor injuries.

Members of the Boston ­police Gang Unit were driving past the D Street Deli at 165 D St. at about 9:05 Friday night when they saw two masked men running out, Danilecki said. One officer went inside the deli and confirmed the crime, and the other took off in pursuit of the men, he said.

The car chase ended abruptly when the men’s car collided with an MBTA bus and the other vehicles on Dorchester Avenue, outside the train station, Danilecki said. Police caught the suspected driver at the station, he said, but the other two men got on a Red Line train. They were later seen on video at the JFK-UMass stop and appeared to be headed ­toward the Ashmont stop.

Police did not release the names of the three men, but said all are under the age of 20.

James Sanders, who was driving the bus, was just finishing his shift when he saw flashing blue lights headed his way. In his 28 years working as a bus driver, he said, he has never seen anything like it.

The sedan hit the back of his bus, lifting it slightly off the ground, he said. He was not ­injured.

“I just bounced,” he said.

He watched the occupants flee in his rearview mirror. As the driver ran, he said, a police officer opened his car door, tripping the man.

“Like you see in the movies,” he said.

Dorchester Avenue was strewn with twisted pieces of metal and glass, and the black sedan sat flush with the back of the bus, the car’s bumper lying several feet away.

Sanders said that the three men rear-ended a white sedan and sent it more than 30 feet, knocking it into a lamp post.

He said the woman driving that car was limping when she got out.

Boston police, along with Transit and State Police and other law enforcement agencies, were searching for the robbers late Friday night.

Sanders stood watching ­police photograph the bus, wishing he was home.

“I have to wait for the bus, that’s my responsibility,” he said. “Like the captain goes down with the ship — that’s my ship.”

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com, Melanie Dostis can be reached at ­melanie.dostis@globe.com, and Derek Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@globe.com.
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