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"Piggyback Bandit" arrested in Bettendorf, Iowa

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Sherwin Shayegan, 29, was arrested Thursday night by Bettendorf Police at the Schnucks at 858 Middle Road. Sherwin Shayegan, 29, was arrested Thursday night by Bettendorf Police at the Schnucks at 858 Middle Road.
Security footage taken in February 2012 at a North Dakota high school shows a man identified as Sherwin Shayegan, otherwise known as the "piggyback bandit."  (AP Photo/Bismarck Schools) Security footage taken in February 2012 at a North Dakota high school shows a man identified as Sherwin Shayegan, otherwise known as the "piggyback bandit." (AP Photo/Bismarck Schools)
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BETTENDORF, Iowa – Bettendorf Police on Thursday night arrested a man known in multiple states as the "Piggyback Bandit." 

Sherwin Shayegan, 29, was arrested at the Schnucks grocery store at 858 Middle Road for disorderly conduct and trespassing.  Police say Shayegan tried to steal a customer's food and was shouting at others.

Shayegan has previously attracted nationwide attention for being banned from high school sporting events in five states for the peculiar habit of hoisting himself onto the backs of student athletes for piggyback rides.  He reportedly does this after first managing to ingratiate himself with high school sports teams.

Shayegan, of Bothell, Washington, is reported to have been banned from sporting events in Washington, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota.

The Associated Press reports that in October 2011, Shayegan was arrested in Helena, Mont. for jumping on two unsuspecting high school soccer players during a state tournament.  Montana high school officials are reported to have been worried that Shayegan would hurt someone.  His Scott County, Iowa intake record on Thursday lists him as 245 pounds.

In February 2012, the AP reported:

Shayegan's antics stretch back to 2008 and had been mainly confined to Washington and Oregon. But since last fall, he has worked his way east to Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota, leaving a trail of befuddled athletes in his wake.

The AP also reports that Shayegan "favors basketball games, but he also has leapt onto hockey, soccer and football players."

According to the Bettendorf Police complaint, on Thursday night Shayegan was arrested at the Middle Road Schnucks after making "loud noises inside the grocery store which caused distress to the customers inside." 

Police say Shayegan "shouted several times that he was autistic and interrupted employees conducting their normal business."

Shayegan was booked into the Scott County Jail Thursday night and released a short time later.

 

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