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Former Pitt football player will stand trial on bank robbery charges

| 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.

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