Tony Beckham, a man who played cornerback for the Titans, wasn’t messing around when he found a peeping tom outside of his daughter’s bedroom on Monday. Beckham was on his way to work when he heard the man in the bushes. The peeping tom was watching Beckham’s daughter get dressed for school. But that didn’t last long.
Beckham played 58 games for Tennessee a decade ago, but he’s still fighting fit. When he caught the man, the prowler had his hand in his pants. He was crouching below the girl’s window, and not paying any attention to Beckham.
“I screamed, ‘Hey what are you doing?! Then he took off running,” Beckham told reporters. Though it was not the man’s first mistake, running from Beckham would be high up on the list. Beckham, at his peak, could run 40 yards in 4.38 seconds.
Perhaps the peeping tom wasn’t aware of this. Regardless, when faced with the fight-or-flight option, he chose flight. What happened next must have happened quickly. Beckham, trained as he is in in this sort of thing, chased him down and tackled him.
Reports say that Beckham “tackled [Geoffrey Cassidy] to the ground. He held him there until deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrived.”
Cassidy, 48, was taken to Wellington Regional Medical Center. He suffered fractures to the bones in his face, suggesting there may have been both flight and a bit of fight, too.
It remains unclear why Cassidy targeted the Beckhams. As news of the incident has spread, many are celebrating the way Beckham took matters into his own hands. Some wish he might have done more.
The event was stressful for Beckham’s daughters. “They was crying, they’re scared,” Beckham said. “They all slept in the room with me last night.”
After being released from the hospital, Cassidy was booked on one charge of lewd and lascivious behavior. He is being held on a $1,500 bond.