Thursday, February 16, 2012

Idaho at Risk for Unwanted Piggyback Rides

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Idahoans should be on high alert for 28-year-old Sherwin Shayegan, better known as "The Piggyback Bandit."

From AP:

He has become known for ingratiating himself with high school teams—usually basketball—and then hoisting his 240 pounds onto the backs of the student athletes for piggyback rides.

He's left a trail of befuddled athletes in his wake.

That's right. This vile villain shows up at high school sporting events, cheers, ingratiates himself to the team and then once they are victorious, hurls all 240 pounds of his corpulent posterior onto their backs for an unsolicited ride. This behavior has gotten him arrested multiple times and banned from high school sporting events in five states.

Which five states? North Dakota and Minnesota are on the list. But so are Oregon, Washington and Montana, which leaves Idaho ripe for the riding. Gadzooks!

Also from AP:

In October, Shayegan was arrested in Helena, Mont., for jumping on two unsuspecting high school soccer players during a state tournament. Montana high school officials are worried his actions will hurt someone.

Police believe Shayegan may have gone back to western Washington, where he has 16 convictions dating back to 2004 that include criminal trespass, vehicle prowling and resisting arrest.

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