Attack victim turns peace advocate in York

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – John Beck was attacked while walking home from work in broad daylight and he’s doing something about it.

Beck is an events coordinator by day, but by night he’s trying to change York City.

“We need to have that stability. I mean go down York at 6 o’clock at night, it’s like a ghost town,” Beck said. “We need to build this city up. It’s so important.”

He was attacked in September of last year.

“(The suspect) chased me across the street and tackled me into the window of my job. And we were rolling around on the ground, and he kept trying to get my phone from me. Then he took off,” Beck said.

The suspect was found a few minutes later, but Beck lost his peace of mind.

“Well I was really depressed for a long time. I was trying to think of something positive to do to get out of my funk, and I just decided to get together with some people to come up with an idea,” Beck said.

That idea was a movement called Stop The Violence.

“I think it’s a good step in the right direction. I mean I think there needs to be more awareness. I think the more people know about it, the more it helps,” Beck said.

Police in the city are investigating more than a dozen shootings this year.

“I don’t think there’s enough being done. I don’t really know what they could do, but it just seems like everywhere you turn something is going on,” Nicole Glatfelter of York said.

Beck’s group plans on holding their next rally sometime after the holidays.

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