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February 16, 2012 11:32 AM   Subscribe

The 'Piggyback Bandit': SI.com What they were dealing with the night of Feb. 4 was the Piggyback Bandit - Sherwin Shayegan of Bothell, Wash., a 28-year-old man who ingratiates himself with high school sports teams, then hoists his 5-foot-8, 240-pound frame onto the backs of the student athletes.
posted by Fizz (33 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hmm. Sounds more like the "Humping Hooligan" to me.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:39 AM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Everybody needs a hug. Stealing them doesn't really make him a bandit, though.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:40 AM on February 16, 2012


This has to be a fetish. And it's sort of easy to imagine its genesis.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:43 AM on February 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


Phil Collins?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:45 AM on February 16, 2012 [8 favorites]


I must be having a failure of imagination here...
posted by cmoj at 11:45 AM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anybody besides me flash to the scene in "Crumb" where R. is scamming piggyback rides off of young ladies and in narration says words to the effect, they think I'm kidding around but I'm really getting off...
posted by Infinity_8 at 11:49 AM on February 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


"The western Washington town of Mount Vernon has nine outstanding warrants for his arrest..."

I'm always amused when someone has an arrest warrant and can't be found. We're not talking about master criminals here. Hans Gruber doesn't exist.

For example, one well-worded Craigslist ad -- "hot 18-year-old basketball player offering free piggyback rides" -- should be sufficient.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:54 AM on February 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


He's bringing Piggy Back.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 11:56 AM on February 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


"My name is [also] 'Jerry...'"
posted by obscurator at 12:01 PM on February 16, 2012


When piggybacks are outlawed, only outlaws will piggyback.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 12:05 PM on February 16, 2012


"I'm always amused when someone has an arrest warrant and can't be found."

That's not really how it works, though. Even when it's as serious as violence, as in domestic violence cases which are often not taken that seriously by the police, there's usually not enough manpower for the police to actively locate and arrest people who have warrants on them. Even if they know their address, it's not like there's an automatic dispatch of an officer to arrest someone when a warrant is issued.

It's only when it's especially serious or especially urgent that this is done. Otherwise, people who don't present themselves to the police (or are arrested at the scene of an incident) are usually arrested when they come to the immediate attention of the police in some other circumstance, such as a traffic stop.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 12:07 PM on February 16, 2012


The Washington piggyback bandit
I heard he's on the loo-oose...
posted by TedW at 12:10 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


"So, what are you in for?"

"Larceny, murder . . . piggybacking."
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 12:11 PM on February 16, 2012


Need to retract my previous comment after R'ingTFA. This has distinctly more of a Sandlerian whiff
posted by obscurator at 12:15 PM on February 16, 2012


Sherwinsanity!
posted by perhapses at 12:17 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


#Sher-winning!
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 12:19 PM on February 16, 2012




Either way, I agree with the Adult Supervisors (for what may be the first time in history) this guy is creepy and he needs to stay away from the kids.

Clearly he has a compulsion to do this, traveling a fair distance to feed his need. The fact that he has outstanding warrants indicates that he's not showing up for court appearances.

Let's ask a question, if he were trying this stuff with female students, how long would it be tolerated?

I hope I'm wrong but wackadoodle behavior like this typically escallates. He's hanging around locker rooms, randomly jumping on kids? Do you need a neon sign? Arrest this guy, but quick!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 12:20 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


How can you post this story without adding a link to his photo?!?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:22 PM on February 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


Jeez, what's wrong with people today that they can't keep their piggybacking between consenting adults, c'mon.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 12:30 PM on February 16, 2012


"Keenan said Shayegan was about 5-foot-7 and 'hefty,' and posed an unknown threat to the student-athletes."

I got nothing.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:32 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, that's ... weird.

The sign as you drive into Bothell says "Bothell: For a Day or a Lifetime".

I've always hoped for a third option.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:40 PM on February 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


I used to work in Bothell (or Bot Hell, as we called it). I always read that sign as saying "Bothell: Where Every Day Feels Like a lifetime."
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:43 PM on February 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


That's what I called it when Philips bought Agilent and the obnoxious directives started arriving from Bothell.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:47 PM on February 16, 2012


That photo is somehow shocking and yet exactly what I was expecting.
posted by Navelgazer at 12:55 PM on February 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


Look, I said I was sorry.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:39 PM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm imagining a reporter interviewing his family and neighbors, who are all suffering from debilitating back injuries.
posted by orme at 2:45 PM on February 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


"piggyback bandit" sounds sort of cute. What it's describing: not cute at all.
posted by Zed at 2:49 PM on February 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


From the picture, I can understand how he "He makes himself appear as if he's limited or handicapped"

I don't want to stereotype the mentally handicapped but I've had a similar experience with a boy who didn't not understand personal space limits.
posted by mrgrimm at 6:10 PM on February 16, 2012


Now that's what I'm talking about -- quality friggin' news on Metafilter.
posted by ph00dz at 6:31 PM on February 16, 2012


Not to sound profusely proud, but where is your Hendrix?
posted by I love you more when I eat paint chips at 1:21 AM on February 17, 2012


"piggyback bandit" sounds sort of cute. What it's describing: not cute at all.

Frottage Felon sounds more appropriate to me.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:57 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is reminding me of a guy I saw a few times (who was decidedly not this guy).

I was coaching at a huge highshool-aged girls volleyball tournament. Thousands of players from around the country playing for a week in huge convention centers. There were a few courts where the top teams played, which had bleachers set up next to them. Every day there was a guy standing on the back of the bleachers or at the back of the court shouting at the players, by name "Go Marie! C'mon Kathy!" etc for hours. No variety in what he'd say, nothing about the game or the specific performance of a player, just "Let's go X". The thing is, every day it was different teams on the court, but the guy was always there, shouting. After the first day I saw that he had the program in his hand and was reciting the names of the players off of it. Odd, and a little creepy.

A month or so later I saw him hundreds of miles away at a Cal game doing the same thing. That was when I got really creeped out.

I bet that there are other people like this, but most of them have the sense to not get too close.
posted by Four Flavors at 10:31 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Five Ridiculous (Safe for Work) Fetishes.

Be glad that the video of the lady with her statue of liberty replica is no longer available.
posted by dirigibleman at 3:55 PM on February 17, 2012


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