Stoneville armed robbery victim says suspects pointed gun at mom, 4-year-old son

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STONEVILLE, N.C. -- Esmeralda Alvarez remembers the nightmare she lived through Friday morning as three males armed with guns broke into her restaurant, Tienda Little Mexico.

"One guy to the front, one guy to the back," said Alvarez, describing how the suspects surrounded her with guns pointed to her forehead and back.

"He pushed me here, he said open it," she said.

Alvarez handed over all the money in the store totaling more than $3,000.

The third suspect focused on her mother and 4-year-old son.

"They put the gun to my mom and my little baby," she said teary-eyed.

It was the second armed robbery in Stoneville in less than 24 hours.

On Thursday, the Adams Mart gas station down the street was also robbed at gunpoint around 11:30 pm.

"A masked person came into the business with a handgun, displayed the handgun demanded the money," said Chief Franklin Moore, of the Stoneville Police Department.

Police are still looking for clues in both cases but don't know if the two robberies are related.