'Piggyback Bandit' leaves trail of arrests, bans and befuddled athletes

Banned in five states including Minnesota, Sherwin Shayegan has gained infamy for hoisting his 240-pound body onto the backs of unsuspecting athletes in attempts to get "piggyback rides" at high school sporting events. Police say he may have moved back to western Washington, where he has 16 criminal convictions.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Banned in five states including Minnesota, Sherwin Shayegan has gained infamy for hoisting his 240-pound body onto the backs of unsuspecting athletes in attempts to get "piggyback rides" at high school sporting events. Police say he may have moved back to western Washington, where he has 16 criminal convictions.

Next Up

sprinkler water

Lake Elmo among latest MN cities to implement outdoor watering ban

The ban prohibits automatic or mechanical watering outdoors in an effort to conserve water during the period of extreme heat.

LRT trail in Hopkins.

Police: Suspect assaulted woman on LRT trail in Hopkins

They're asking for the public's help tracking him down.

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 7.50.02 AM

Former WCCO reporter Mary McGuire joins FOX 9

She'll be reporting in a freelance role with the FOX affiliate.

Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker removed from rotation, fits in with Twins bullpen

The right-hander allowed two ninth-inning runs in a 6-4 loss to Houston.

1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 2019

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside funeral in Minneapolis

The funeral was for one of two people killed in the shooting outside a Minneapolis nightclub in May.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 1.51.13 PM

Darnella Frazier awarded Pulitzer Prize special citation for George Floyd video

She was just 17 when she filmed George Floyd's murder at 38th and Chicago.

MN Food Truck Festival 3 jpg

MN Food Truck Festival returns with events in St. Paul, Anoka

Organizers promise 50-plus food trucks at each festival - including some newcomers.

Brian Mock body cam screengrab from charges - 2021.06.11

Charges: MN man bragged he 'beat the s**t' out of cops in Capitol riot

He was one of two suspects arrested in Minnesota and charged Friday.

Screen Shot 2021-04-01 at 3.30.32 PM

$23 a month for Bally Sports North? It could happen, per report

There is a way to circumnavigate the system already ... but it's kind of naughty.

Keisa Lange

4th suspect arrested in death of woman found along St. Cloud road; 3 others charged

Keisa Lange was found dead on the side of a quiet cul de sac from a gunshot.

Related

MSHSL joins list of states banning "Piggyback Bandit" from games

The 250-pound man is also banned from high school sporting events in Washington, Oregon, Montana and North Dakota after jumping on the backs of athletes. The executive director of the Minnesota State High School League told the Star Tribune that Sherwin Shayegan was seen in St. Cloud and Minneapolis this week.

Banned from high school sports in four states, 'Piggyback Bandit' now in Fargo

A 250-pound man has been banned from high school sporting events in Washington, Oregon, Montana and North Dakota after jumping on the backs of athletes. The Fargo Forum reports Sherwin Shayegan once pleaded guilty to assault, at which point a judge told him to go back to Seattle and behave.

Two cops on leave after Rochester man dies during arrest

Investigators are looking into what caused the death of a 39-year-old Rochester man as he struggled with two police officers who were arresting him. The police department has placed the officers on administrative leave.

Organizer of popular Stillwater event leaves trail of debt

The Lumberjack Days Festival organizer wrote tens of thousands of dollars in bad checks to vendors and a high school hockey booster organization. He blames bad weather for the lack of funds to cover the debts. Police are investigating.

Driver arrested in alleged car-surfing accident that kills St. Paul man

A St. Paul man has been arrested in connection with the death of another St. Paul man after an alleged car-surfing accident in Wisconsin Saturday. Shawn Swanson, 21, was reportedly riding on top of a moving car when he fell onto the pavement and died, the Burnett County, Wis., Sheriff's Office, said. The driver of the vehicle, Cole T. Fohrenkamm, 21, of St. Paul, was arrested on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

University of Minnesota names Norwood Teague as new athletic director

University officials are introducing Norwood Teague as the next athletic director. He takes over for Joel Maturi who announced he's stepping down. Teague emerged as the U's only finalist over the weekend.

Minnesota tracks high school athlete concussions

Data is being collected by the Minnesota Department of Health for the first time in an effort to better examine how concussions affect high school athletes, WCCO reports. Officials are keeping tabs on 42 schools, where in the first seven weeks of the fall sports season, 373 student athletes have been diagnosed with a concussion.

Bear attack leaves man injured in Superior, Wis.

Police in Superior, Wis. say the man suffered gashes to his leg and arm after the 200-pound bear mauled him while he was deer hunting. Authorities were to find the bear and euthanize it. .