Store manager tells robber Jesus wouldn’t approve

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A cell phone store manager in South Florida dissuaded an armed man from robbing the store by telling him Jesus wouldn’t approve.

Instead of panicking when the suspect pulled a weapon, Nayara Goncalves started talking with him. He was jobless, and the 20-year-old Christian offered to connect him with friends who could help him find work.

Ever calm, Goncalves calls out to him as he walks off. “You know you don’t need to do that. You know Jesus. He can help you!”

Broward sheriff’s deputies are looking for a mustachioed male, five-foot, nine inches, in his late-30s to mid-40s and possibly armed.

“I haven’t seen anything like this in 14 years,” said BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright. “She really seemed to have no fear.”

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This post was last updated: Jul. 30, 2010