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Man known as ‘Piggyback Bandit’ resurfaces in Spokane

He got the nickname of 'Piggyback Bandit' because he shows up at sporting events and jumps onto the backs of student athletes.

SPOKANE, Wash. -- High Schools across the Inland Northwest are on alert for a man dubbed the 'Piggyback Bandit'. He got that name because he shows up at sporting events and jumps onto the backs of student athletes.

Sherwin Shayegan, 34, was filmed Saturday appearing to massage the shoulders of a high school student during a basketball tournament at Mead High School.

Tournament goers there and across town at North Central High schools reported Shayegan was giving shoulder rubs to boys. He seemed to also have been impersonating a trainer, walking out on the court and handing out water and towels.

He was asked to the leave the tournament at North Central High School. Now school resource officers are keeping an eye out for him.

Shayegan made national headlines about five years ago for his odd behavior at high school sporting events across the nation.

Back in 2013, he was spotted in Bismarck North Dakota at a high school basketball game, jumping on players and trying to get piggyback rides.

Bismarck was just one stop on his trail across the country where several schools reported him doing the same thing leading to his title: The Piggyback Bandit.

He has reportedly been banned from high school sporting events in five different states including Washington.

Shayegan has several convictions dating back to 2004, including multiple counts of criminal trespass, vehicle prowling and felony possession of a controlled substance.

In 2014, he was arrested for assault and battery for allegedly trying to drag a student into a locker room at a hockey game in Virginia.

This weekend was not the first time he was noticed at a game in Spokane. Spokane Public School officials said he was asked to leave a football game this year. He was also spotted at Ferris High School about ten years ago.

For now, Spokane Public School officials say they have no reason to believe he poses a physical threat to the general public. School leaders have asked administrators, coaches and athletic directors to be aware and to let campus security know if he comes into any school buildings.

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