Area near St. Clement church in Medford reopens after police investigation

Two separate robbery incidents sparked a large police response early Tuesday after officials said they believed an armed robbery suspect fled into a Medford church. Police said no suspect was ever found.

MEDFORD, Mass. — Roads have reopened after an early-morning police investigation near St. Clement church in Medford Thursday morning.

Medford police were assisting Cambridge police in searching for a man they say robbed a 7-11 convenience store before fleeing down College Avenue into Medford, according to a release sent to Boston 25 News Thursday morning.

Medford police said the roads that were blocked in area around Boston Avenue and Harvard Street, near the Somerville line, had reopened around 6:30 a.m.

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A police cruiser and a tactical vehicle were seen parked in front of the church, which sits across the street from a Tufts University building, around 5 a.m. Officers were seen entering and exiting the building but have not said what they were investigating.

According to police, Cambridge detectives and officers struggled with a man -- possibly the same one -- in Somerville and chased him into St. Clement Church in Medford.

Police say they ultimately couldn’t find the man they were chasing. It’s unclear if the incidents they described were related.

Medford police said they could not confirm any details when asked for comment but said in an earlier tweet that there was an “ongoing police operation” and a large police presence.

No further information was immediately available.

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