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28-Year-Old Man Banned From North Dakota High School Basketball Games After Allegedly Dressing In Uniform And Asking For Piggyback Rides

Last we checked in with the "Piggyback Bandit," a little over two years ago, he was terrorizing the state of Washington, lurking around libraries and gyms and stealing piggyback rides from unsuspecting athletes.


He's since found his way to North Dakota, and he's terrorizing people there:

Sherwin Shayegan, 28, has been banned from all North Dakota high school sporting events after attempting to get piggyback rides from students at three high school games in Bismarck last weekend, according to KXMB-CBS12 in Bismarck.

Concordia Sports Information Director Jim Cella said Shayegan was "definitely the guy" coaches noticed handing water to players at Wednesday's men's basketball game against St. Olaf College at Memorial Auditorium.

Cella said the man, believed to be Shayegan, dressed in a T-shirt and basketball shorts, was seated behind the St. Olaf players.

The Piggyback Bandit has been especially active in recent times. On February 2, he was given a one-year suspended jail sentence for jumping on the backs of two soccer players in Montana in October. At his hearing in Helena, he said, "I made a mistake. I was just trying to be funny and get a piggyback ride."

The judge shot back: "It's not funny. It could be dangerous." (Added the Helena Independent Record: "Officials have noted that Shayegan is not a svelte man and weighs about 250 pounds.")


So far, Shayegan's been banned from sporting events in Washington, Montana, Oregon, and North Dakota. There's no way of knowing where the piggyback bandit could strike next. Stay safe.

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