The so-called “piggyback bandit” has found himself on the wrong side of the law yet again for continuing his disturbing habit of trying to get unsuspecting high school athletes to give him piggyback rides, this time targeting a 14-year-old boy with his bizarre behavior.
Sherwin Shayegan, a 34-year-old man from Bothell, Washington, was slapped with child endangerment charges after he gave a back rub to a young male teenager near a baggage carousel at Newark Liberty International Airport, the New York Daily News reported.
The incident occurred at around 3:10 pm on Friday, when Shayegan approached the teen and began rubbing his shoulders and back, Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said. When he was finished with the unsettling touching, Shayegan handed the boy a note that read, “This is money for letting me give you a massage. Thank you.”
The note was also reportedly filled with explicit comments so disturbing that the teen reported the interaction to Port Authority police, who were then able to track down Shayegan to a Newark hotel and place him into custody.
Upon searching Shayegan’s hotel room, they uncovered a trove of envelopes stuffed with notes similar to the one that the 14-year-old had received, as well as more $10 bills. Each envelope was marked with the name of a different U.S. airport.
Shayegan’s record contains over a dozen convictions in Washington alone for charges including trespassing, criminal impersonation, resisting arrest, and drug possession. For a better part of a decade, he has been banned from schools in five states for showing up to sporting events and tricking athletes into giving him piggyback rides.
The 245-pound creeper would even linger around high school locker rooms and jump on athletes’ backs after they showered.
“He makes himself appear as if he’s limited or handicapped. I think he plays an empathy card, so to speak,” Jim Haussler, activities director for the Bismarck, North Dakota, public schools, told The Associated Press. “It’s a little creepy. Well, a lot creepy is more like it.”