Ex-Pitt player held in robbery that brought SWAT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former University of Pittsburgh football player has been taken into custody as police investigate a city bank robbery that prompted a SWAT response.

Lt. Kevin Kraus tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Jovani Chappel, 25, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Monday and that police expect to charge him with the PNC Bank branch robbery about three hours earlier.

A witness saw the robber’s license plate and police say it matched a car belonging to Chappel’s girlfriend, which prompted a SWAT team to surround her home. Chappel wasn’t found there or in several nearby homes, but was arrested when police found him sitting on a porch on another street.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Chappel, who graduated in 2010 after playing four years as a defensive back.

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