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Melrose police search for suspects in Revere carjacking

A manhunt was underway Friday night for two men suspected in a carjacking involving a 15-year-old victim in the parking lot of a Revere shopping center, police said.

The men, believed to be 30 and 40 years old, were allegedly taking a cab from Boston to Revere Friday afternoon when a quarrel broke out with the driver about the fare, said Revere Lieutenant Amy O’Hara.

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When the cabdriver believed that the two individuals were not going to pay, he pulled into the Northgate Shopping Center, O’Hara said. The suspects then jumped into a nearby parked car, which had keys and a 15-year-old boy inside.

The boy, who was waiting for his mother while she was shopping, told police that the men apologized to him for stealing the car and said they “just didn’t want to pay the cab fare,” O’Hara said.

Remaining calm, the boy told the men that he had his cellphone and was going to call his mother, O’Hara said. The suspects then stopped the car around Green Street in Melrose and fled on foot.

Once the men left, the boy called 911 with his location, and the vehicle was taken into custody, police said.

The boy was not injured, and he told police that the suspects did not appear to be carrying weapons, O’Hara said.

The suspects were described as two white males. One wore a pink shirt with cargo shorts and the other a gray T-shirt and pants, O’Hara said.

Kiera Blessing contributed to the reporting of this article. Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com.
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