Wellington, Florida — A former NFL player chased down a man he caught peeking into the window of his daughter’s bedroom and held onto him until police arrived, reports say.
But Tony Beckham, who played defensive back with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans, said he had time for “a good conversation” with the suspect.
Judging from the mug shot of Geoffrey Cassidy, 48, which shows him with a black eye and other abrasions, the conversation wasn’t pleasant.
Cassidy, who told police he is a transient from Ohio, is now being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Beckham was heading out to his car at about 7 a.m. when he spotted a man in the bushes outside his daughter’s window. A report with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says the man’s hand was in his pants and he was making a sexual motion, WPBF Channel 25 reports.
“I waited for a second and I looked again,” Beckham tells WPBF. “And I see a white male and he’s standing by my window and he’s trying to get a better position.”
Beckham yelled at the man, reportedly Cassidy, who took off running. He made it about 50 yards before being caught by Beckham.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Cassidy denied looking through the window. He told deputies he was walking through the neighborhood because his car had broken down and he was waiting for it to cool off. He would not say where the car was, however.
His driver’s license reportedly had an Ohio address, but reports did not specify where.
Beckham, 40, played for the Titans from 2002 to 2005 and played one season with the Lions in 2007.
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