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August 26, 2013

I would like to hope this is not as bad as it looks, but it probably is.

Officers arrested Jovani Chappel, 25, about 1:30 p.m. after police spotted him sitting on the front porch of a home in the 5000 block of Lytle Street in Hazelwood, Pittsburgh police major crimes unit Lt. Kevin Kraus said.

Police went to the PNC Bank branch in the 4300 block of Murray Avenue in Greenfield about 10:40 a.m.

Lt. Kraus said a masked robber threatened the tellers with a gun, although it was not immediately clear if the tellers actually spotted one.

The robber hopped over the counter and took cash from several of the tellers’ drawers and then got into a car and drove away, police said.

A witness noted the license plate and gave it to police, who tracked it to Mr. Chappel’s girlfriend’s home in the 5100 block of Blair Street, Lt. Kraus said.

Members of the SWAT team surrounded the house and searched it and a few other homes in the area this morning, only to discover that Mr. Chappel was not there.

Officers found him sitting on the front porch of a home about two block away, on Lytle Street, about 1:30 p.m. It was not immediately clear what connection, if any, he had to that home.

Lt. Kraus said police were taking Mr. Chappel to the bureau’s North Side headquarters for questioning this afternoon and expect to charge him with robbery.

I’m setting the bar low, but I guess I would have thought anyone who graduated from Pitt would have been smart enough not to drive a getaway car with easily identifiable and traceable plates. Guess not.

He was a football player that “graduated” from Pitt… just saying. Some are truly bright but lets be honest most are not known for their academic prowess.

Comment by Coach Ditka 08.26.13 @ 1:43 pm

One of Wanny’s recruits strikes again…what an embarrassment to the school. This will only cement the idea of recruiting a student athlete first and foremost. However, after consideration maybe pursuing student athletes is a good idea moving forward.

Comment by Marco 08.26.13 @ 2:08 pm

Same high school as Bam Bradley and Grigsby.

Comment by PittofDreams 08.26.13 @ 2:16 pm

Who robs a bank these days anyway?

Comment by Atlanta Panther 08.26.13 @ 2:23 pm

Hey Chas!!! It’s GAME WEEK. Don’t you have something to write about which is more COMPELLING and GOPEFUL than the arrest of a player of whom most of us never heard?? I could hardlt wait to read about the Panthers today. My enthusiasm has been DAMPENED by your “NEWSY ITEM”, Chas. Nothing personal, just wishing the team writers would get odd the crime scene and write about the actual football scene. Yours for stepping up to the NEXT LEVEL. Rev. George from Columbus

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 08.26.13 @ 2:24 pm


Comment by isnore 08.26.13 @ 2:30 pm

Who wants to bet he was an ‘Administration of Justice’ major, too?

Comment by Jeff 08.26.13 @ 2:44 pm


I checked the old media guide. He was a communications major (which may explain why he needed to rob a bank).

Rev. George,

How about a picture of John Cena wearing a Pitt shirt, then?

link to

Comment by Chas 08.26.13 @ 3:32 pm

Wanny won but his legacy is bleak.

Comment by Tackle made by Hugh 08.26.13 @ 2:50 pm

I see all the DW haters/or AD staffers are out in full force. lol

Banks only keep $5K or less in cash, any Pitt grad should know this. He must have transferred in from Pedo State or WVcc.

Comment by EMel 08.26.13 @ 3:31 pm

i could list 30 kids from outher schools who have got in teouble with the law in the last 3 weeks
it is every were.
so lets stop picking on pitt and move on to outher things .
i am with the REV on this .

Comment by FRANKCAN 08.26.13 @ 3:32 pm

Just because he is a graduate doesn’t mean
he learned anything. This really is
a very sad story. Also Contrary to our
President’s point of view not everyone
should attend college.

Comment by JR 08.26.13 @ 3:41 pm

JoeD wants to know what his track time is running from the police… 🙂

Comment by Jackagain 08.26.13 @ 4:53 pm

He couldn’t cover a receiver in 4 yrs at Pitt, so what makes you think he could cover a license plate? will never forgive him for falling down on that winning TD in that 2009 Cincy game.

Comment by bossdaws 08.26.13 @ 4:57 pm

lmao Jackagain

whatever it is, it wasn’t fast enough ! Hazelwood, he didn’t get to far away from campus. Poor kid, I do believe he transferred in from Purdue or somewhere. If all else fails, blame it on the Big Joke (10).

Comment by EMel 08.26.13 @ 5:18 pm

Jackagain, I would like to know what his long jump best is so that we can get him back as a WR after he’s done his jail time.

Comment by Reed 08.26.13 @ 5:37 pm

Also Contrary to our
President’s point of view not everyone
should attend college.

Comment by JR 08.26.13 @ 3:41 pm

The Crime Rate might quite possibly skyrocket if that was put into affect.

Comment by EMel 08.26.13 @ 6:12 pm

Innocent until proven guilty. Although, it might have proven practical to have STOLEN a car to use in your getaway if you intend on ROBBING A BANK, just sayin.

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.26.13 @ 7:09 pm

Guys, thanks for the great burgh humor!!!

Comment by pittman4ever 08.26.13 @ 8:40 pm

Note to self: Before proceeding with bank robbery plan, be sure to consult Blatherites for pointers.

Comment by dinosaur 71 08.26.13 @ 8:48 pm

Hey, anyone who went to college knows that there is a high probability of successfully robbing a bank… I mean… people get away with aaaaaall the time … right?!

Wow… this stuff just shows how this administration just wants a different kind of player here now and into the future… how many kids from Whisky, PSU… stanford, etc. etc. are getting arrested for robbing a bank… just stupid.

Comment by Pittscript 08.26.13 @ 8:54 pm

looked over the schedule again today… If Pitt beats the teams it should, or can be called their ‘peers’… Pitt goes 7-5… the key to that will be Virginia which we play here.
So that is realistic but means they have to beat all they should… N. Carolina, Navy, Syracuse,…

Throw in one upset vs. FSU (hey we can dream), ND, V. Tech or Miami and they can be 8-4..

… so say they lose one they should have one… and have one upset…. 7-5.

Comment by Pittscript 08.26.13 @ 8:55 pm

I don’t know what’s worse… the felony of the crime or the stupidity of robbing a bank… and with your girlfriends car…

I mean… if he were at least arrest for masterminding the sophisticated hacking of a bank computer system to steal millions and launder it through the global financial system at we would could at least be proud of his level of CS education….

Comment by Pittscript 08.26.13 @ 9:01 pm

cHAS!!! You’ve got me. Who the heck is john Cena??? Rev> George in Columbus.

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 08.26.13 @ 9:30 pm

On the bright side, this could bolster Chappels career on Stupid Criminals

Comment by pittman4ever 08.26.13 @ 10:14 pm

If Chappel doesn’t slip and prevents Binns from catching the TD, then Pitt probably wins and gets the BCS berth (and gets stomped by the Gators).

The Stache is probably fired at some point anyhow due to the SI article, but perhaps he lasts a year longer…and the Haywood/Graham thing never happens.

…and some people wanna blame Pedersen for that when all along it was Chappel’s fault.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 08.26.13 @ 11:37 pm

Joe – no, it was our punter’s fault for kicking to Marty Gilyard when DW told him to do anything, ANYTHING!!, but just that.

Had the punter not blown DW off we’d have our 10th mythical national championship.

Re: Chappel…

“Mr. Chappel’s family learned of his arrest from his girlfriend Monday afternoon, according to his father, Jeff Hall. Mr. Hall said a bank robbery did not seem characteristic of his son, who graduated from high school early, earned his bachelor’s degree and has been working as an insurance agent.”

… all positive things. Can anyone say “heroin addiction”? It sure sounds like it. It’s too damn sad really.

Comment by Reed 08.27.13 @ 4:44 am

When Wanny was asked to comment, he said “Jovani just needs to drive faster.”

Comment by ECH 08.27.13 @ 5:59 am

Memo to Jovani, if some old guy named Sandusky is in the same group shower with you, don’t drop the soap.

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.27.13 @ 6:21 am

No comment!

Comment by alcofan 08.27.13 @ 6:23 am

For goodness sakes… it’s Tuesday of the biggest week in recent Pitt memory.

I would have thought this story would have given way to something about Florida State by now.

Comment by PittofDreams 08.27.13 @ 6:30 am

The curse that never ends. Another black eye. Still don’t think a change was necessary?

Comment by gc 08.27.13 @ 6:44 am

Dear PittofDreams,
It should have, but rarely do you get material this rich for sarcasm and wise cracks. It’s like tossing a ribeye to an old dog.

Comment by pittman4ever 08.27.13 @ 6:53 am

Here’s my attempt at advancing the topic.

A lot has been said about Chryst setting a new standard in his attempt to do things differently… that is building a winning D-1 football program with high-character student athletes.

For the first time I know of… Chryst shows just how aware he is of the big picture in regard to what he’s trying to accomplish.

In today’s Post Gazette, Chryst spells it out. He also goes one further by acknowledging the risk he’s taking in his effort to cut a new path in D-1 football away from the route typically taken by D-1 Coaches.


“I know that,” Chryst said. “But I still believe wins are a byproduct of doing everything else right.”

Chryst grinned.

Actually, he laughed.

“That’s what I’m banking on … We’ll see.”


These comments tell you just how much Chryst truly values doing things the “right way.”

A great experiment I think.

But amazing that a lifetime assistant coach who’s waited so long for his first shot at a head coaching job is willing to throw it all to the wind in his unwillingess to compromise on what he believes is the right way to run a D-1 football program.

This SHOULD earn a lof of people’s respect.

Success could put Pitt on the map for all the right reasons… for a change.

Comment by PittofDreams 08.27.13 @ 7:05 am

As for sarcasm… don’t question for a scond Chryst use of the word “banking” was by accident.

Contrary to the many who misinterpret his small-town Wisconsin ways… he is that sharp.

Like a fox.

Comment by PittofDreams 08.27.13 @ 7:16 am

The jokes are funny, It’s easy to make fun at someones expense and misery. Maybe this stuff happens everywhere but it sure seems it happens to us much to frequently.

How much time do you think the game announcers will spend talking about Pitt’s “Problems”? The drug house, the defections, Chapman, and now this.

They will even dredge up Haywood and Graham, and maybe Wanny and the SI article. The gift that keeps on giving.

Let’s hope the new plan stops the bleeding, and like the Rev and Frankcan want we can focus on football.

A huge win would be just what the Dr. ordered, right Tom.

Let’s Go Pitt!

Comment by gc 08.27.13 @ 7:17 am

Chryst hopes that he gets the time that he needs to build a “program”. He will, as long as that “program” begins winning meaningful games and can better a .500 season by 2015. After that his seat starts getting hot even if he has a team full of straight “A” student choir boys on it. And just for insurance, I would suggest a win against penn state in 2016 just to keep the dogs at bay also, no matter what the 2016 win-lose record becomes.

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.27.13 @ 7:21 am

A reliable kicker would have won a very meaningful game last year.

But he blew it! (ha ha).

Comment by PittofDreams 08.27.13 @ 7:38 am

I agree Dr. T, although arguably his seat was warm in a lot of our eyes from day 1 – we are that frustrated. I like PoD’s take & am thinking I am leaning that way too. Any guy who is willing to wait this long, turn down his own university to stay the course and is somewhat clearly trying to build a high road here is for me! Thats what I’m BANKING on – speaking of which he should’ve been able to run down the hill to hazelwood if he kept himself in any shape – had he had a bicycle he couldve been on that porch sipping a turners in 180 seconds!

Comment by ptbreezeb 08.27.13 @ 7:38 am

@ gc, we won’t have to worry about any of that stuff if we go out there and surprise some people with our efforts on the field. If the game is a solid contest the game announcers will be too busy asking the questions about why the FSU players are sputtering against an inferior opponent.

The past is history, can’t do one GD thing about history. On Monday however, Pitt could make some history. So I suggest we worry about what our boys can have an effect on. Grand opportunity come Monday night, who wants to grab the future by the short hairs and start the new era of Pitt football in the ACC on the correct note?

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.27.13 @ 10:50 am

I think Reed is right.
There was a player who stayed on the roster at Pitt but didn’t play after some highlight film performances. I have heard, but do not know for certain that he was addicted to H.
Two things. Wanny allowed that player to stay on the team after a brief suspension, AND, H destroys lives and families.

Comment by Sfpitt 08.27.13 @ 5:09 pm

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