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HELENA, Mont. -- Authorities in Montana say a man dubbed the Piggyback Bandit because of a history of jumping on the backs of high school athletes in Oregon and Washington state has been arrested in Helena.

Helena Police Chief Troy McGee tells the Independent Record that police received a tip that 28-year-old Sherwin Shayegan was at a high school boys' soccer tournament on Friday and observed him jump on a player's back.

Police took Shayegan into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.

Last spring the Oregon School Activities Association warned athletes to look out for Shayegan after he turned up at events in Eugene and Pendleton and got piggyback rides from some athletes.

Police in Bonney Lake, Wash., say Shayegan gave a high school athlete money and jumped on his back.

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