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T Workers Catch Armed Robber At South Station

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Two veteran MBTA employees caught the man on the left, not knowing the man had a knife. (MBTA video still image)

Two veteran MBTA employees caught the man on the left, not knowing the man had a knife. (MBTA video still image)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A woman escaped an armed robbery at South Station during rush hour Tuesday morning.

MBTA spokeswoman Lydia Rivera said the woman was on the stairs between the Silver Line and the mezzanine area around 7 a.m. when a man with a knife approached her.

He allegedly tried to take her iPhone.  She screamed and the man ran off with only some earphones.

Two veteran MBTA employees, Jimmy Finn and John Doherty, went after him, not knowing he had a knife.

WBZ Radio’s Carl Stevens reports

“We followed the suspect and we were able to apprehend him until the T police arrived,” Doherty said.

“I just did my job,” Finn told reporters.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

The suspect now in Transit Police custody. His name has not been released.

Rivera said the woman was not hurt.

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