Former NFL player Tony Beckham, who spent a few years in the league, reportedly beat up a peeping tom who was outside his daughter’s window.
Beckham, who played for the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions, said he found the man peering into his 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom after she showered in the morning, reported the Detroit Free Press.
Tony Beckham was leaving his Wellington home around 6:40 a.m. Monday when he saw some movement by the house.
The suspect, Geoffrey Cassidy, 48, was arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim younger than 16 years old.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘Is this for real?’ I thought I was getting ‘Punk’d,'” Beckham told WPBF, referring to the once-popular TV show.
He told the station in West Palm Beach that he yelled at Cassidy, who tried to run away.
The former NFL player, who played with the Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions, which caused the suspect to run…
Beckham, who played as a cornerback, chased him down in the apartment complex parking lot and had a “good conversation,” which reportedly left Cassidy with broken bones in his face.
A mug shot for Cassidy shows him with bruises and a black eye.
“I’m sorry that it happened to me. I’m sorry that it happened to him,” Beckham said. “Because he’s never going to do that again on this side of town.”
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Beckham’s wife, Amanda, came outside and found her husband holding Cassidy on the ground before calling the police.
“I don’t know if this is his first time coming here or if he’s been here before or where he’s seen us or how he picked us out,” Amanda Beckham told the news outlet. “But it’s scary.”
“If he was that brave to do it right here, I know this is not the first time he’s done this,” Beckham said.
Officials said Cassidy had to be taken to Wellington Regional Medical Center, CBS Miami reported.
Violent Crime in the US
The number of murders and violent crimes committed in the United States dropped slightly in 2017, according to new crime statistics released in September 2018.
“Crime declined nationwide last year, consistent with our earlier analyses of 2017 data in the nation’s 30 largest cities,” Ames Grawert, senior counsel for the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, told the Washington Times.
“That’s the good news. The bad news is that even while crime is falling, the number of Americans incarcerated remains near-record highs. Now is the time to address the problem.”
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The number of cases of manslaughter and murder dropped 0.7 percent in 2017 from the prior year, the report said.
Rapes rose by 3 percent and aggravated assault rose by 1 percent, but overall violent crimes dropped 0.2 percent, the report added.