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A man who led police on a foot chase in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford remained at large Thursday morning, according to police.

At approximately 1:46 a.m., Medford police were notified that Cambridge detectives were pursuing the suspect in the area of College Avenue heading into Medford. According to a statement from the Medford Police Department, the suspect had allegedly tried to access the cash register at a 7-11 convenience store in Cambridge and then fled.

Police said Cambridge detectives then encountered the suspect in Somerville, where a brief struggle ensued and the suspect took off again. Officers saw that the door to Saint Clement Church in Medford was open and there were wet footprints inside, but their efforts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful.


In a tweet on its official Twitter account, Medford police alerted residents to police activity in the area of the church at 60 Warner St. around 3:42 a.m.

A tweet declaring the incident was over was posted around 6:30 a.m.

As of 9:15 a.m., the suspect remained at large, according to Medford Police Lieutenant Paul F. Covino.

Police also are looking into whether the suspect was involved in an attempted armed robbery at a check-cashing business on the Medford-Somerville line.

“Several hours prior to this incident, Medford Police responded to PLS Check Cashing on the Medford/Somerville line to investigate an attempted armed robbery by firearm. Due to the location, possible connection, and the possibility of a firearm involved, the area was immediately secured and NEMLEC SWAT was called in to assist with the building search. After several hours of an area search, as well as an extensive search of the Parish, no suspect was located. Medford Detectives will be working in conjunction with Cambridge Police to determine if there is any connection to the two incidents.”


John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.