| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Former Pitt football player will stand trial on bank robbery charges

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 3:36 p.m.

A former University of Pittsburgh football player accused of robbing a Greenfield bank will stand trial on all charges.

Jovani Lynel Chappel, 25, of Hazelwood waived for court four counts of felony robbery charges and one count of accident involving damage to an attended vehicle or property for the Aug. 26 holdup at the PNC Bank branch along Murray Avenue.

Police said Chappel, who played cornerback for Pitt from 2006 to 2009, vaulted over the bank counter and repeatedly shouted, “I will kill everyone in here,” during the late-morning heist. Chappel said he had a gun, but witnesses did not see one, police said.

Police arrested Chappel about 1:30 p.m. on the front porch of a home on Lytle Street in Hazelwood. Detectives said they believe Chappel — who confessed to the crime, according to the criminal complaint — robbed the bank because he was having money problems.

Chappel was held in the Allegheny County Jail through Sunday, when someone posted his $50,000 bond.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers wrap lackluster preseason with loss to Panthers
  2. Steelers notebook: Safety Mitchell faces former team, hurts leg
  3. LaBar: Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts reportedly hospitalized
  4. Young adults drive home rental trend in Western Pennsylvania
  5. New Ken-Arnold board asked to mediate between football groups
  6. Government approves compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan
  7. Preseason valuable for Steelers’ offensive line
  8. DEP releases details of cases of drinking well contamination from drilling
  9. Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing
  10. Man found in store parking lot not shooting victim, Pittsburgh police say
  11. Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.