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Party Mix store owner tied up, shoved to ground during armed robbery

Two suspects remain at large following the robbery of the Party Mix store on Tuesday, June 1 at approximately 3:30 p.m. The two robbed the store at gunpoint, tied up the store owner, and pushed her to the ground.

Humildad Villalobos said her husband and daughter left the family’s store about 3:30 p.m. to get something to eat.

“That is when the first man entered,” said Villalobos. “He asked me about prices on piñatas, then told me he would return after asking his wife what she thought.” After that a few other customers entered the store.

“So I wasn’t able to see if the man left after that, but about five minutes later, I saw his car parked outside of the shop.”

Villalobos said the man returned and “told me he would take two piñatas.”

“As I turned to get them, he tried to tie my hands,” explained Villalobos.

Villalobos said the man was acting ‘very nervous’ and was unable to properly tie her hands.

“He also tried to tie my feet, but wasn’t able to, so he pushed me to the ground and pushed me to the back of the shop,” said Villalobos. “When I turned to look at him, I saw another man behind him with a handgun.”

Villalobos said she stayed at the back of the store until she heard the men leave, and saw them escape in a red truck. Detective Dan Laibach of the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation said Villalobos described both men as Hispanic males, between 25 and 30 years of age, approximately six feet tall, weighing around 200 lbs each.

The robbers stole cash from the owner’s purse as well as jewelry from a case in the store.

”The store is a party store, but I also had some gold jewelry available for purchase,” said Villalobos, who opened the store in the North Gate shopping center two years ago.

Villalobos said she has been severely affected by the robbery.

”Yesterday, I was covered in goosebumps, and I’m nervous whenever a man enters the shop,” she said. ”This happened to me a year ago when I had a jewelry store in Vista.”

The men, who Villalobos said she did not recognize, despite the fact that they did not wear masks, are still at large.

Andrea Verdin contributed to this story.

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