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Victim calls on Jesus and prevents robbery; with video

Updated August 1

The wishy-washy would-be robber who made national headlines after a Metro PCS employee talked him out of committing a crime by reminding him that Jesus has “something way better” for him apparently left her store and robbed a shoe store a few hours later.

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.

Anyone with information about any crimes committed by Camacho is asked to call BSO Robbery Det. Armando Enrique at (or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at


A remorseful robber intent on robbing a MetroPCS store last Friday in Pompano Beach had a change of heart after the Christian cashier evoked Jesus to talk him out of committing an armed robbery.

At approximately 10 a.m. July 23, the unidentified suspect entered the MetroPCS store at 1543 South Cypress Road and pretended to be interested in purchasing a phone. He engaged the employee in pleasant conversation before displaying a gun and demanding money from the cash register.

Nayara Goncalves, who was alone in the store with the suspect, remained remarkably calm. She told the suspect she wasn’t judging him and that “Jesus [has] something way better for you.” During their five-minute long conversation, Goncalves was able to convince the repentant would-be robber to take the right path and not hurt her. The apologetic criminal, described as a white male with a mustache, about 5’9” tall, believed to be in his late 30’s or mid-40’s, left empty-handed.

Anyone with information on the identity and/or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call BSO Robbery Det. Tony Hierrezuelo at (or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS or online at

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Jul 30 2010. Filed under Broward County, Crime, Local news, Pompano Beach. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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