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Burlington woman thrown in a closet during home invasion

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Police are searching for a suspect who assaulted a mother in front of her children during a home robbery on Tuesday.

Melissa Aleman was at home with her three young children on Longpine Road, when a man walked through the front door and demanded money shortly after 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

"All I could do is think about my kids. I didn't know if he was going to kill us," Aleman said.

The robber searched Aleman and found $4,000 the family was planning to use to buy a new car that morning. 

Aleman said the money didn't seem to be enough.

The robber hit her several times, tied her hands up with a telephone cord, and then threw her in a bedroom closet.

Aleman said she was able to untie hands and call 9-1-1.

"We've been here two years and nothing like this has ever happened," said Aleman.

Burlington Police said this is the third home invasion in the city this month but don't believe they are related.

"Well it's... not something we are accustomed to dealing with," said Captain Steve Smith with the police department.

The police were unable to offer a complete description of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100.