A developmentally disabled man named Sherwin “Dale” Shayegan is attacking Seattle-area high school athletes by jumping on their backs and forcing them to give him piggy back rides. Police need your help to nab this threat to public safety.
Shayegan, who refers to himself as “Dale,” has been frequenting high school sporting events for years, and has only recently been deemed a threat to area teenagers.
Armed with envelopes and $20 bills, Shayegan will often approach prep athletes from behind, then violently attack with unbridled furor, leaping onto the backs of the unsuspecting individuals with malice in his eyes. Often, he will provide money in an envelope to the individual in exchange for their services.
Matt Winter, a 2007 graduate of Bellevue’s Newport High School and former all-league selection in basketball, has been assaulted by Shayegan and offers sage advice to future victims.
“He’s completely harmless, and I’m positive that you could punch him and run off and he wouldn’t catch you,” said Winter.
Standing 6’5″ tall, Winter seemed a likely target for the husky Shayegan, who provided cash incentive to his prey during a basketball tournament in 2006.
Cameron Akita, a former three-sport athlete and All-State baseball player at Bellevue High School, was also targeted by Shayegan.
“He has jumped on my back before,” said the 6’2″ Akita, who did not receive payment for his piggy back ride.
A former high school classmate of Shayegan, who requested anonymity for this story, summed up the nature of the criminal’s behavior: “Sherwin just jumps on people’s backs.”
While some have accused area athletes of running a piggy back prostitution ring, police feel otherwise. Citing Shayegan’s mercurial behavior and oddly creepy appearance, they are asking for your help in tracking down the ever-elusive Piggy Back Bandit.
Though one might find it hard to believe that an overweight retard who jumps on people’s backs and hands out money would be difficult to locate, the suspect remains at large at this time.