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Police Still Searching For Carjack Suspects After Melrose Manhunt

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MELROSE (CBS) – Melrose authorities are still looking for two suspects involved in a Revere carjacking Friday morning.

Residents were asked initially to stay in their homes during the manhunt but were advised by police at about 6:45 p.m. it was safe to leave their homes.

SWAT teams searched door to door all afternoon in Melrose, checking yards and sheds looking for two men they say kidnapped a teen in Revere and sped off in the car with him as a passenger.

Despite getting some tips, police had not located the suspects as of 10 p.m. Friday.

Police said the incident began about 11:40 a.m. at the Northgate Shopping Center in Revere where 14-year-old Evan Blanc was waiting in the car while his mother shopped, leaving the keys in the car.

They credit the cool-headed young man with outwitting the carjackers.

The two men had been arguing with a cab driver over a $140 fare. They jumped out without paying and jumped into the car where Blanc was sitting and took off.

Blanc pulled out his cellphone and called his mother who called police. He then told the two men he had GPS tracking.

Blanc told WBZ-TV’s Bree Sison that he wasn’t nervous and said the suspects said they were scared of going back to jail.

“I was like, ‘yeah, they will find you and they will get you’ and they kept on being scared,” he said. When the suspects saw detail police officers at a construction site on Main Street in Melrose they stopped the car and got out.

Blanc said the driver was drunk and went about 80 mph while on the highway.

When the suspects took off on foot it prompted a reverse 911 call to Melrose residents.

Melrose police Chief Mike Lyle said the suspects made no threat to Blanc and showed no firearm but he said they are considered dangerous.

“Somebody does something that brazen, I think they are dangerous,” said Lyle.

Police said both suspects are white. One is described as about 170 pounds wearing a pink shirt with a black baseball cap and the other approximately 190 pounds wearing beige pants and a black hat.

The two suspects were last seen crossing the Fellsway toward Linden Road, according to police.

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