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Young Christian talking a gunman out of robbing her cell phone store
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE............. Broward Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives arrested Israel Camacho, a 37-year-old serial robber from Coral Springs, on Sunday, July 25. He was charged with armed robbery after surveillance video at Payless Shoe Store captured him at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 23, putting a handgun in a shoe box and forcing a clerk to hand him cash from the register. When he left, he said “God Bless you” and slowly walked out of the store, witnesses said.
That was less than three hours after his 10 a.m. attempt at the Metro PCS in Pompano Beach. Surveillance video there showed him entering the store and chatting with employee Nayara Goncalves about cell phones. Then he displayed a gun and demanded money from the cash register. Goncalves, who was alone in the store with Camacho, remained calm. She told him she wasn’t judging him. The two talked about church and God during their five-minute long conversation. Goncalves eventually convinced Camacho to take the right path and not hurt her. He was apologetic and left with nothing.
Evidence gathered during the investigation led detectives to Camacho, who was already in BSO’s main jail. A charge of attempted armed robbery was added to his charges Friday, July 30.
Surveillance video footage of a young Christian talking a gunman out of robbing her cell phone store last week has become an Internet sensation.
The tape shows a man entering the MetroPCS store in Pompano Beach, Fla., last Friday, approaching the manager, identified in media reports as 20-year-old Nayara Goncalves, showing her a gun and demanding money.
But Goncalves changes the subject.
“Know what?” she asks. “Im just gonna talk with you about the Jesus I have.”
She identifies herself as a Christian.
“You know you dont need this, Jesus got something way better for you,” she says. “For everyone that\\s out there. Inot blaming you, I\'m not judging. I don\\t know what you are going through, but all of us are going through a hard time right now – a very hard time right now.”
The man appears to agree.
“That\\\'s why I refuse to do anything to anybody out in the streets,” he says. “I\\ve never done this before.”
He says he attends Calvary Chapel. Gonclaves says she has been there, too.
“I love Pastor Bob,” she says.
The man says he is married and has a job, but needs $300 or he will be evicted. Goncalves says she will be held responsible for replacing any money he steals.
He gives up.
``I dont want to do that to you,he says, and apologizes. \
Jul 30, 2010