Police nab two robbery suspects, seize guns near scene of alleged hold-up at Roxbury food store

Boston police arrested two men who allegedly robbed a Roxbury food store at gunpoint on Tuesday night and also seized firearms from the suspects, officials said.

Police arrived at Warren Food Mart at 394 Warren St. at about 6:10 p.m., “literally within two minutes” of receiving a call for an armed robbery there, said Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman.

Witnesses indicated that the men had just fled in a silver or gray-colored vehicle, and police stopped the car within a mile of the store, Kenneally said. He said that the robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and that police seized two guns.

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The men, identified by police as James Thornton, 40, and Liquarry Jefferson, 33, both of Dorchester, will be arraigned Wednesday in Roxbury District Court on charges of armed robbery of a variety store, police said.

Jefferson is the father of Liquarry A. Jefferson, the 8-year-old boy who was fatally shot by his 7-year-old cousin in his Grove Hall apartment in 2007. Jefferson’s mother, Lakeisha Gadson, was later acquitted of manslaughter in connection with the case.

Interim Police Commissioner William Evans praised the responding officers in the Warren Street case.

“This is yet another example of the brave, courageous work done by the men and women of the BPD on a daily basis,” Evans said in a statement. “Thanks to the quick response, two suspects are in custody, and there are two fewer guns in the streets.”

A store employee said in a telephone interview that he saw at least one of the men brandish a weapon and that they left with a couple of hundred dollars and some cigarettes.