|Crazy Piggyback guy...|
Shayegan actually dresses up in team uniforms and tries to gain access to players by sitting behind their bench, joining the winning team's celebration on the court, and waiting outside their locker room. He also has attempted to give players massages and hand out towels and water. Shayegan didn't limit his search for "piggyback rides" to just the gymnasium or athletic fields. He has reportedly lured student athletes to the school library under the guise of being a college student writing a term paper. One such incidence in Ellensburg, Washington led to his arrest for sexual assault. According to the student, Shayegan began asking downright creepy questions. He apparently was curious if the male student "looked at other boys in the shower" or ever "sh*t his pants." When the student understandably freaked the fu@k out and attempted to leave the 5'8" 250 pound Shayegan offered to pay for a "piggyback ride" before preceding to yell "time for a piggyback" and jumping on the boy's back.
|He's like a hungry tiger, stalking his prey....the elusive, piggyback ride.|
Until last fall, it appears that all his attention was focused on teams in Washington where he has racked up quite an arrest record. Besides the sexual assault charge, he also has been convicted of criminal trespass, vehicle prowling, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance. Records show 16 convictions since 2004 in Washington alone and a whopping 9 open warrants. He has since moved east to Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, and most recently Minnesota. It was in Helena, Montana last October where he racked up his latest arrest. An alert motel clerk noticed something odd about Shayegan(really?) and some of the comments he was making. Police were called, and a plain clothes officer followed him to a local soccer game. There he witnessed Shayegan jump on the back of a player. He was promptly a taken into custody. He pled guilty on February 1st to two misdemeanors assault charges, fined $730, and given a 360 suspended prison sentence. The judge told him he was no longer allowed to attend Montana high school events and that he should "go back to Washington and behave." He didn't listen.
Just three days later, Shayegan was spotted at a Bismarck, North Dakota basketball game. At a hockey game earlier in the day, he reportedly achieved his goal of a "piggyback ride" from one of the players. This one day " piggyback" search resulted in him being banned from all high schools athletic events in the state of North Dakota. Not to be deterred, Shayegan moved on to the state of Minnesota where he was seen at three basketball games in the span of three days including his only known college game. There he was told by one of the coaches to basically "get the hell away." About time. Minnesota quickly joined Washington, Oregon, Montana, and North Dakota by banning "The Piggyback Bandit" from all high school events.
There has been no sign of Shayegan since, but he did answer his cell phone on Tuesday, February 14th when contacted by a reporter from the Associated Press. He declined to comment until he could "speak with an attorney first." Although he appeared to be moving east, authorities believe that he may has returned to western Washington. Anyone who sees him is urged to kick his ass, I mean call 911, and report his location. How this guy has not gotten pummeled by a testosterone filled teenager or an angry coach or parent is beyond me. Let's just hope he gets locked up soon. Either way, I can't see this ending well for "The Piggyback Bandit."
***Thank you to Missing Budweiser for this awesome write-up. Right there, baby!...lol